Posted on Jan 21, 2014
SSgt Forensic Meteorological Consultant
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When I was in basic the MTI had me shave and commented that I even looked too young,  like 13.   I am like 'shave what' and he said,  'just do it?"  
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1SG Shane Hansen
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It was noticed by my drill sergeant's that I was skipping shave time. When confronted, I told them I had no facial hair to shave. The next day I was presented with a spider man plastic razor and the drill sergeant just said one word - pretend. Apparently he took his kids play razor from him and issued it to me. From that day forward my face started growing hair, must have been a mental block or something.
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CPT Vessel Support Officer
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I had a similar experience. I don't remember having to shave until I started pretending.
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SPC Jc6 Computer Technician
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I had more or less the same experience. I didn't shave until we went into the field for an over night FTX. The entire platoon was forced to shave, in formation. When I was confronted my Drill Sergeant gave me his spare shaving cream, and had me go through the motions. About two or three days later, I started needing to really shave.
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While some women may choose not to shave at all, most of my colleagues tend to shave legs and armpits once a week or so for the sake of personal comfort and professional appearance.

Your mileage may vary depending on operational considerations and local cultural customs.






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SSgt Forensic Meteorological Consultant
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It is a tricky area and in Germany, UK and other places,  norms are much different.
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SSG James Doherty
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I had a Drill Sergeant that used to tell the women that had some facial hair that it didn't matter what your gender was if you have a beard and no profile you are wrong.
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SSG Battalion Communications (S6)
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I never really had to shave until I joined at 24. I guess it
was my genetics but as soon as I got to basic and the DS said shave guess what?
I shaved. After that it was downhill. If I miss a day it is very noticeable.
While we are on the subject… What is with all these shaving profiles? I
understand everyone’s skin is different ect..
However, I know there are products out there for every skin/hair type.
Shaving for males should not be an option.



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