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Department of the Air Force Regulations
The hair must be neat, clean, and well groomed in appearance. The hair above the ears and at the nape of the neck must be tapered. A block at the neckline is permitted with a tapered appearance. Hair may not touch the ears, eyebrows or collar (except that the closely tapered hair at the neck may touch the collar). The length and bulk of the hair may not interfere with properly worn headgear. Hair extending down the back of the neck (below the natural neckline, also referred to as grizzly man jack) is to remain shaved to maintain a sharp, tapered appearance.
Hair cannot exceed 1 1/4 inches in bulk/length on the top of the head or and exceed 1/4 inch on the sides.
Sideburns may not extend past the bottom of the ear orifice and may not be flared or pointed at the bottom and must terminate with a clean shaved horizontal line. Trendy or unkempt styles are not allowed, and dying the hair any color that does not look like your natural color is not allowed.
The face must be clean shaved while in uniform and during the entirety of NCOP.
***Cleanly shaven heads, military high-and- tight, or flat top haircuts are authorized. High and tights begin with a very short blade near the ears and progress to a slightly larger setting on top.
Styled to present a professional appearance. Allow the wear of conservative hairpins, combs, headbands, elastic bands and barrettes. Hair pins and bands must match hair color. Long hair will be secured with no loose end. Bangs, if worn, will not touch the eyebrows.
Braids, micro-braids and cornrows are authorized. However, must be solid color similar to the individual’s hair color; conservative and not present a faddish appearance. Hair cannot extend below any side of an invisible line drawn parallel to the ground at the bottom edge of the shirt collar regardless of length. Length will not be excessive or include hair ornaments such as ribbons, beads, jeweled pins, or hair scrunchy.
Cosmetics are to be worn conservatively and in good taste. Fingernails are to be clean and not exceed ¼ inch in length. Fingernail polish must be one solid color and only colors that are conservative and complement skin tone.
Appearance in detachment and at ROTC activities when not in uniform:
While not in uniform, cadets are expected to dress professionally and be clean shaven. No open toed shoes, ripped jeans, short shorts, or shirts that have words or pictures that are foul, offensive or in bad taste. These items will not be tolerated and you will be asked to go home and change. Language will be professional as profanity and inappropriate conversation is unacceptable.
The Air Force Symbol is a registered trademark. Use of this logo by any non-Federal entity must receive permission from the Air Force Branding and Trademark Licensing Office at firstname.lastname@example.org. Non-Federal entities wishing to use the Air Force Symbol should reference the DoD Guide on the use of Government marks. The link to the guide can be found at http://www.defense.gov/Media/Trademarks. Those with a valid CAC may download high-resolution versions of the Symbol from the Air Force Portal. The link to the graphics is located under the “Library and Resources” tab. Guidance on the proper use and display of the Symbol can be found in AFI35-114.