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Army Haircut Standards

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Army Haircut Standards

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Definition: Male haircuts must conform to specific standards. The hair on the top of the head must be neatly groomed and may not be trendy, spiky or disheveled in appearance. The hair must be tapered and conform to the shape of the head and the neckline must be tapered. Hair must not be allowed to fall over the ears or touch the collar (except that the taper at the neckline may extend past the collar).

The length or bulk of the hair may not interfere with properly worn headgear and braids or dreads are not allowed while in uniform or on duty. A shaved head is allowed.

Sideburns must be neat, with a shaved horizontal line at the base. Sideburns may not be flared or shaved to a point and may not extend past the bottom of the ear's orifice.

The face must be clean shaven when on duty or in uniform, with the exception that a mustache may be worn provided it is neatly trimmed. The mustache may not cover the upper lip or extend past the corners of the mouth.

A short classic taper or Ivy League haircut is normally the style of choice for most soldiers in the United States Army.


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