17AUG2011 The Military regulations on the Wear and appearance of a Mustache. By: Spc. Monroe Sean If you look into the regulation of the army it states that the United States Army is a uniformed service that is judged, in part, by the way a soldier wears their uniform. This being said, if a soldier wears their uniform in a manner which is not clean and neat in appearance, and portrays the army poorly, the members of the United States Army would be viewed in a poor and undisciplined manner.
Whereas if the members of the United States Army hold themselves to a higher standard, and maintain a neat and clean appearance, the members of the uniformed service will be viewed by the outside world as an organization which personifies what discipline is supposed to be. As states in Army Regulation 670-1, page 26, Section 1-8 paragraph 1C, Hair and fingernail standards and grooming policies.
In the Regulation it states Males will keep their face clean-shaven when in uniform or in civilian clothes on duty. Mustaches are permitted; if worn, males will keep mustaches neatly trimmed, tapered, and tidy. Mustaches will not present a chopped off or bushy appearance, and no portion of the mustache will cover the upper lip line or extend sideways beyond a vertical line drawn upward from the corners of the mouth (see figure 1–1).
Handlebar mustaches, goatees, and beards are not authorized. If appropriate medical authority prescribes beard growth, the length required for medical treatment must be specified. For example, “The length of the beard will not exceed 1? 4 inch” (see TB MED 287). Soldiers will keep the growth trimmed to the level specified by appropriate medical authority, but they are not authorized to shape the growth into goatees, or “Fu Manchu” or handlebar mustaches.
By not keeping ones mustache in accordance to the regulations or clean cut, it presents a picture of un-professionalism. It also by product makes not just the army but you superiors, fellow soldiers, and comrades in arms, seem less profesional in the eyes of those around you, as well as make the Army seem less appealing. So we must always remember that we are part of the Uniformed Service 24hrs and day and must and always conduct one’s self as a professional and keep his or her appearance clean.