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Grooming Standards

Introduction. Grooming standards are established so that a neat, professional appearance is made while in the Marine Corps uniform. Pride in one’s appearance and hygiene is a sign of maturity and discipline. School grooming standards will be enforced every day, while the following standards are for cadets during uniform inspection days.

 

Male Standards. Male cadets will be well groomed at all times and abide by the following:

 

Hair.

  • A good “boys” haircut is appropriate; although a squared-off haircut in the back is inappropriate. The hair should be tapered in the back and not touch the ears.
  • A regulation Marine Corps haircut is not required, but desired. Should a cadet desire a regulation haircut, the following applies.  Hair will be neat and closely trimmed. The hair may be clipped at the edges of the side and back; will be evenly graduated from zero length at the hairline in the lower portion of the head to the upper portion of the head; and will not be over 3 inches in length fully extended on the upper portion of the head; the back and sides of the head below the hairline may be shaved to remove body hair. Sideburns will not extend below the middle of the ear hole. Sideburns will not be styled to taper or flare. The length of an individual hair of the sideburn will not exceed 1/8 inch when fully extended.
  • Head hair will be styled so as not to interfere with the proper wear of the cover. Hair which protrudes from beneath properly worn headgear in an unsightly manner is considered excessive, regardless of length.
  • Mohawk or other eccentric hairstyles and/or colors are strictly forbidden during uniform inspection days.

 

Facial Hair. Male cadets will be clean shaven during all school and extracurricular activities. A cadet may sport a moustache within Marine Corps regulations. Individual instruction will be provided should a cadet desire to grow a moustache.

 

Fingernails.

  • Nail length will be no longer than ¼” from the tip of the finger.
  • Male cadets will NOT wear polish in or out of uniform.

 

Jewelry.

  • Inconspicuous rings are authorized for wear in uniform.  When worn, only one ring is authorized per hand. Rings will not be worn on the thumbs.
  • Inconspicuous watches are authorized for wear in uniform.
  • Necklaces. Necklaces will not be visible in uniform, including the chain around the neck.
  • Earring. Male cadets are NOT authorized to wear earrings at any time during school or during extracurricular activities.
  • Eyeglasses. When worn in uniform they will be conservative in appearance. Chains, bands, or ribbons will not be attached to the eyeglasses. Sunglasses will not be worn in formation.

 

 

Female Standards.

 

Hair. Female cadets will be given instruction on the proper manner in which to wear their hair for uniform inspection days.

  • Hair of female cadets, when in uniform, will be pinned and arranged so that it may touch the collar but does not fall below the bottom edge of the collar.
  • The hair will be neatly and inconspicuously fastened or pinned. Fasteners, pins, scrunchies, rubber bands, etc., should not show when the hair is pinned, except that pins that match the hair color may be used if kept to a minimum.
  • Hair will be styled so as not to interfere with the proper wear of the uniform headgear. All headgear will fit snugly and comfortably around the largest part of the head without distortion or excessive gaps. Hairstyles which do not allow the headgear to be worn in this manner are prohibited.

 

Fingernails.

  • Nail length will be no longer than ¼” from the tip of the finger.
  • When the service or dress uniform is worn, nail polish must be in shades of red (to include pinks and burgundies) and must complement the skin tone.
  • Fingernails with multiple colors and decorative ornamentation are prohibited.
  • Clear nail polish is the ONLY authorized polish for wear with the utility uniform.
  • Manicures that imitate the natural nail are authorized for wear with all uniforms (i.e. French manicures), to include utilities. Press-on and acrylic nails are authorized for wear as long as they are maintained within the length and style regulations as described above.

 

Makeup. When worn, makeup must be conservative in nature and complement the natural skin tone.

  • Lipstick, lip gloss and lip balm, when worn,  must be in shades of red (to include pinks and burgundies) or clear and must complement the skin  tone. When worn, lip liner must be in the same shade as the lipstick, gloss or balm.
  • Mascara, when worn, must be in tones of black or brown. Cosmetics with a sparkle/glitter or similar finish are not authorized for wear (to include in the hair). False eyelashes should be natural in appearance. Eye shadow shall not create "raccoon eyes."

 

Jewelry.

  • Inconspicuous rings are authorized for wear in uniform.  When worn, only one ring is authorized per hand. Rings will not be worn on the thumbs.
  • Inconspicuous watches are authorized for wear in uniform.
  • Necklaces. Necklaces will not be visible in uniform, including the chain around the neck.
  • Earrings. Female cadets may wear earrings with the service and dress uniforms at the individual’s option according to the following:
  1. Small, polished, yellow gold color, ball, or round stud earrings (post, screw-on, or clip), not to exceed ¼” in diameter may be worn with the service or dress blue uniform. Earrings will NOT be worn during inspections nor during competitive events.
  2. When worn, earrings will fit tightly against, and will not extend below, the earlobe. Only one earring will be worn on or in each earlobe.

 

  1. Earrings will NOT be worn with the utility (camouflaged) uniform, or while participating in a parade, ceremony, or other similar function.
  • Eyeglasses. When worn in uniform they will be conservative in appearance. Chains, bands, or ribbons will not be attached to the eyeglasses. Sunglasses will not be worn in formation.