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grooming standards
Last Post 27 Sep 2018 06:28 PM by CPORJM. 13 Replies.
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09 Jun 2010 08:45 PM
    What is the maximum hair length for a reservist? I don't want to have 1-inch hair all the time. Isn't it like .. your bangs cannot touch your eyebrows and the hair cannot touch the sides of your ears?




    I can't find the chart anywhere.. Thanks.
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    09 Jun 2010 09:10 PM
    found it but confused


    Must not touch eyebrows when groomed, or extend below front of properly worn headgear.
    Must not have shaved decorative patterns or sections on the scalp.
    Must not contain ornamentation other than prescribed in this section for women’s hair style.
    Hair – Men’s Style
    Hair above the ears and around the neck will be tapered from the lower natural hairline upwards at least ¾-inch and outward not greater than ¾-inch to blend with hairstyle. A totally clean, shaven scalp is authorized.
    Will not be blocked across the back of the neck. Hair on the back of the neck must not touch the collar. The bulk of hair must not be more than 1-1/2 inches from scalp.
    Braids or dreadlocks are not authorized.

    Hair will be no longer than four inches and may not touch the ears, collar, extend below eyebrows when headgear is removed, show under front edge of headgear, or interfere with properly worn military headgear or safety gear.


    two of these contradict each other:
    It says "bulk of hair must not be more than 1-1/2 inches from scalp."

    and then it says:

    "Hair will be no longer than four inches and may not touch the ears, collar, extend below eyebrows when headgear is removed, show under front edge of headgear, or interfere with properly worn military headgear or safety gear.".

    by bulk do they mean thickness? I am a Male by the way I like to have my hair on the longerside due to my large head .. I am also going to be in the reserves if that matters
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    10 Jun 2010 01:47 PM
    Bulk is the distance that it comes off the scalp, which is different from length. There is no grooming/uniform/weight difference between the active and reserve side. Anyone that wears the CG uniform has the same regulations.
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    10 Jun 2010 04:55 PM

    Posted By PO1 Couture on 10 Jun 2010 02:47 PM
    Bulk is the distance that it comes off the scalp, which is different from length. There is no grooming/uniform/weight difference between the active and reserve side. Anyone that wears the CG uniform has the same regulations.


    Ok, thank you for clearing this up for me
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    10 Jun 2010 09:05 PM
    USCG Auxiliarists also have to comply....
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    27 Jul 2010 05:56 AM
    Hey is there any grooming standards in relation to facial hair? Or is it a simple, there is no facial hair allowed?
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    27 Jul 2010 06:22 AM
    Moustache is fine... I was there for weird beard night in the 80's. No beards allowed anymore. I do remember some commands relaxing that a bit on Alaskan patrols in the winter but that was a ship by ship basis. I'm not sure if they still allow it or not.
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    27 Jul 2010 06:37 AM
    Hmmm so it looks like the goatee will have to go. Which will be very weird, as I have not seen my chin in years.
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    13 Oct 2010 07:30 AM
    Beards were a big thing in the 70s and early 80s. Rules change. I started in Jeans and chambray shirts and finished in the Sears Service uniform they use now! Hated that change.
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    13 Oct 2010 07:02 PM
    Danny,

    We've updated our uniforms twice since the "Sears Service Uniform. We're moving to an Untucked Operational Dress Uniform. Think blue BDUs. I feel so military now.
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    13 Oct 2010 07:39 PM
    Posted By Dannytheman on 13 Oct 2010 08:30 AM
    Beards were a big thing in the 70s and early 80s. Rules change. I started in Jeans and chambray shirts and finished in the Sears Service uniform they use now! Hated that change.


    For those wondering, the venerable jeans and chambray shirt working uniform:

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    14 Oct 2010 04:18 AM
    Years ago I saw a picture of that uniform. The cover had US Coast Guard in block letters written on it. I've been looking for one ever since with no luck.
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    27 Sep 2018 12:51 PM
    Yes they do and they should! HoweverIt’s like pulling teeth to get the aux members to  observe standard grooming practices.  I’ve seen members wear dickies, regular dress shoes with wing tips, full beards and gotees, soul patches, long hair, gold bling ect.  The public sometimes doesn’t know the difference especially when members are out doing vessel inspections or on patrol and if they see somebody with a mullet or a full beard looking like Santa Claus I see the public scratching their head thinking “  wow I guess the Coast Guard really doesn’t care about grooming standards“  and that has always irritated me because I have tried so very hard to observe and maintain a clean shaven and professional look while in uniform. 

     I personally feel that if you want to have a full beard and dress like you’re at a Jimmy Buffett concert then being in a uniformed organization is probably not the place for you.  Some people treat the auxiliary as a yacht club rather than a volunteer uniformed services.  and I think because it’s volunteer members feel that they don’t have to observe the active-duty grooming standards. 

     I remember when I first joined in 2006 there is a guy who introduced himself to me who apparently was the flotilla commander at the time and he was wearing ODU/ Working blue  ame tape on his trops, with working blue  trousers!!! 

     But here’s the part that is hilarious.  I understand that the uniforms may be hard to acquire in a speedy time especially when most of the personnel services officers rarely show up to the meetings but it’s been my feeling that if you can’t come in a well organized and well groomed appearance and uniform then just come in civilian clothing/ suit. 

     I remember I had one guy tell me that I couldn’t come to the meeting in ODUs  because it wasn’t the uniform of the day.  At that time all I had was ODUs  in my uniform was pressed, cuffed,  wrinkle free.  Here is what I assume at one time with tropical blue was wearing parts from all different uniforms not to mention his name tape was reversed and he was wearing his ribbons below his pocket! 

     Like I said earlier the public sometimes doesn’t know the difference but I know if members are working next to a station and active duty/reserve personnel is on board I’m sure they look at this type of stuff as very embarrassing and disrespectful. 

     I’m not trying to brag but I have always tried to look sharp and take pride in my appearance in and out of uniform.  Because although the auxiliary is a volunteer force members do represent the United States Coast Guard and they should do so with pride and professionalism. 

    I know some people don’t care but it is something I just can’t get over


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    27 Sep 2018 06:28 PM
    Two things...First , this probably should be in the Aux sub forum. Second, the last post on this topic was nearly 8 years ago.
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