Navy Haircut Standards

Navy Regulation Haircut
This cut would fit well within Navy grooming standards. Hair by David Alexander. Photo © David Alexander.

For men in the Navy, the hair must be neat, clean, and well groomed in appearance in order to comply with Navy Grooming Standards. 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 two 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.

Sideburns may not extend past the middle of the ear and may not be flared or pointed at the bottom and must terminate with a clean shaved horizontal line.  Muttonchops or other similar sideburn styles are prohibited.  

Trendy or unkempt styles are not allowed and hair coloring, if used, much look natural and compliment the skin tone. Braided or plaited hair may not be worn while in uniform or on duty.

The face must be clean shaved, with the exception that a mustache may be worn. The mustache hair must shorter than 1/2 inch in length and the mustache may not cover the upper lip and may not extend past 1/4 inch beyond the corner of the mouth.   A shaving waiver may be granted for medical reasons.  In such a case, the facial hair may not be styled our outlined and may not exceed 1/4 inch in length (and facial hair will be monitored by supervisors).

The Navy does allow wigs or hairpieces to be worn by active duty personnel while in uniform only for to cover natural baldness or physical disfigurement.  Any wig or hairpiece must be properly fitted and must present a natural appearance and conform to the grooming standards.  

Styles that would work well for guys in the navy include the Classic Taper, Ivy League Haircut, or most other classic barbershop haircuts.

 Although a shorter style may be somewhat less versatile, Navy regulations allow men to have enough hair to be able to change looks a bit when relaxing in their civilian lives.  For example, a short Classic Taper could be worn neatly parted to the side while on duty but could be worn with some spiky texture when off duty in casual situations.  A haircut like a buzzcut would certainly fall within regulations and, while not versatile, could be combined with a bit of facial scruff if off duty for a few days.  

Keep that hair looking great!  And thanks for your service to our country.