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Men's Military Haircut Regulations

Army, Navy, Air Force, and Marine Haircut Standards

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While most people tend to group military haircuts into just one category, in this case "short," each branch of the American military has distinct standards that men in uniform are required to meet.  The following summarizes the military hairstyle regulations for the United States Army, Navy, Air Force, and Marine Corps.

Air Force Haircut Regulations

The hair must be neat, clean, and well groomed in appearance. The hair above the ears and at the nape of the neck must be tapered. A block at the neckline is permitted with a tapered appearance. Hair may not touch the ears, eyebrows or collar (except that the closely tapered hair at the neck may touch the collar). The length and bulk of the hair may not interfere with properly worn headgear.

Navy Haircut Regulations

The hair must be neat, clean, and well groomed in appearance. The hair above the ears and at the nape of the neck must be tapered from the hairline upwards at least 3/4 inches. In some cases, the taper may be combined with a line at the neck if the texture of the hair makes a taper difficult to attain. Hair may be no longer than four inches and may not touch the ears, collar, or eyebrows. The length and bulk of the hair may not interfere with properly worn headgear and may not be styled in a manner that allows the hair to extend more than two inches from the scalp.

Army Haircut Regulations

Male haircuts must conform to 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).  A classic taper or Ivy League haircut is normally the style of choice for most soldiers in the United States Army.

Marine Haircut Regulations

The Marine Corps standards of grooming requires that hair be be evenly graduated from zero length at the hairline with no outline or edging. Hair may not be over three inches in length or be styled in a manner that any hair protrudes from the scalp more than two inches. Hair must be styled so it does not protrude beneath properly worn headgear in an unsightly manner.

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