Men's Military Haircut Regulations

Army, Navy, Air Force, and Marine Haircut Standards

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.

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Air Force Haircut Regulations

Air Force Regulation Haircut
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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.   Any hair coloring must appear natural and compliment the person's complexion.

Navy Regulation Haircut
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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.  Hair color must look natural and compliment the individual. More »

Army Regulation Haircut
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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.  Men may not wear wigs or ​hairpieces except to cover natural baldness or hair loss caused by accidents or medical procedures.  Any wig or hairpiece must conform to the standard haircut regulation.  If hair is colored, it must be a natural shade. More »

Marine Regulation Haircut
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The Marine Corps standards of grooming require that hair 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. Any hair coloring must appear natural and compliment the person's complexion. Marines are not required to have hair clipped to the scalp (except during recruit training or unless ordered by a medical officer), but the Marine may have his hair clipped to the scalp if he desires. More »