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2012-03-08 Home Front: Culture Wars
Army's Top NCO Talking (long overdue) reforms to Uniforms, Grooming
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Posted by Besoeker 2012-03-08 11:07|| E-Mail|| Front Page|| [463 views ]  Top

#1 There's an old saying - "A unit ready for parade is not prepared for combat and a unit prepared for combat is not prepared for parade."

While attention to presentation is important, it's also a warning indicator that time and effort is going to be placed in the 'appearance of military' and not 'military', form over function.
Posted by Procopius2k 2012-03-08 11:46||   2012-03-08 11:46|| Front Page Top

#2 It's often abbreviated by saying that it is the difference between "militarism" and "militancy". A militarist is a believer in form before function.
Posted by Anonymoose 2012-03-08 12:43||   2012-03-08 12:43|| Front Page Top

#3 I read through the list, really nothing different than what the USMC already has as grooming standards. The environment dictates; there are things you will do in the field that won't go in garrison. Just the way it is. If your on an ETT and living w/hajjis, probably not a big deal if you don't shave or have a reg haircut. Back in garrison - unless you have a med-chit - no reason not to shave & have a reg haircut. Good Marines can do and handle both environmental standards.
Posted by Broadhead6 2012-03-08 15:31||   2012-03-08 15:31|| Front Page Top

#4 In writing this the SMA has simply beclowned himself with a long list of crazy rules.

This list should be as simple as:

Your body is your weapon, maintain it daily and keep it clean, neat and sharp.

Your uniform is hard-earned and respected by the American people, be worthy of that respect, and look the part when in uniform.

Soldiers greet one another in a formalized and courteous way in order to respect the duties each owes the other.

All soldiers are authorized to pull, tug, or yank on the exposed hair of another. I encourage you to keep yours short enough to avoid mishaps from your friends or our enemies.

Any soldier not meeting these tenets, may be preferentially selected for odious duty by his commanding officer or senior NCO until the shortfall has been corrected.

Extended or repeated shortfalls demonstrate a failure to obey a lawful order, and as such are a serious matter under the UMJ.
Posted by rammer 2012-03-08 18:44||   2012-03-08 18:44|| Front Page Top

#5 Man-Shags are now OK? KEWL!
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