The Guide to Military Haircut Regulations

BLUF: While each service has their own unique haircut standards the basic principles are the same; keep your hair neat, trim and professional and you won’t run into any problems. For additional regulations see below.

References

Before believing anything you hear on the internet it is wise to check the references first. I’ve enclosed the references for the military grooming standards below:

Table of Contents

Army Haircut Regulations
Navy Haircut Regulations
Air Force Haircut Regulations
USMC Haircut Regulations

Army Haircut Regulations

Air Force Haircut Regulations

USMC Haircut Regulations

The requirement for hair Marine Corps Haircut regulations is to provide direction for maintaining a neat and professional military image. Men’s hairstyles require non-eccentric and non-faddish styles, maintaining a conservative, professional appearance, and will abide by the following:

Marine Corps Haircut Standards for Men
  • Hair will be neat and closely trimmed. The hair may be clipped at the edges of the side and back and will be evenly graduated all the way around the head (blended or faded and not edged as an outline) from zero-length(skin)at the hairline to at least the top orifice of the ear circling around the back of the head, where it may then extend to the maximum hair length. Hair will not be over 3 inches in length fully extended(an extended hair, not the style, determines proper length) on the upper portion of the head. The bulk of the hair shall not exceed approximately 2inches.
  • Sideburns will not extend below the top of the orifice of the ear,. Sideburns will not be styled to taper, flare or come to a point. The length of an individual hair of the sideburn will not exceed 1/8 inch when fully extended.

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