Battalion Policies

Female Grooming Policies


Hair will be neatly groomed, the length and bulk may not be excessive, and may not present a ragged, unkempt, or extreme appearance. Trendy styles that result in shaved portions of the scalp (other than the neckline) or designs cut into the hair are not authorized. Braids and cornrows are authorized as long as the braided style is conservative, the braids and cornrows lie snugly on the head, and any hair holding devices are plain in color and as close to the soldier's hair color as possible or clear. Dreadlocks are prohibited. Hair will not fall over the eyebrows or extend below the bottom edge of the collar at any time. Long hair that falls below the collar will be neatly and inconspicuously fastened or pinned.

Styles that are lopsided or distinctly unbalanced are prohibited.


May apply cosmetics as long as they are conservative and complement the uniform and complexion. Designs may not be applied to nails, nor apply two-tone or multi-tone colors to nails.


Fingernails will not exceed 1/4", as measured from the tip of the finger.

Male Grooming Policies


The hair on top of the head must be neatly groomed, and the length and bulk may not be excessive or present a ragged, unkempt, or extreme appearance, and may not interfere with the normal wear of headgear or protective masks or equipment.

Hair must present a tapered appearance.

When combed, the hair will not fall over the ears or eyebrows, or touch the collar except for the closely cut hair at the back of the neck. Braids, Cornrows, or dreadlocks are not authorized while in uniform or civilian clothes on duty.


Sideburns will be kept neatly trimmed, may not be flared, and will be clean-shaven and horizontal at the base. Sideburns will not extend below the lowest part of the exterior ear opening.


Faces will be clean shaven while in uniform or in civilian clothes on duty.

Mustaches are permitted; if worn they will be neatly trimmed, tapered, and tidy. They will not present a chopped off or bushy appearance, and may not cover the upper lip line or extend sideways beyond a vertical line drawn from the corners of the mouth.


Fingernails will be kept neatly trimmed so as not to exceed beyond the fingertip.

No piercings may be worn in uniform.

Any civilian clothes worn will be free of offensive logos or imagery.