A while back I blogged about military grooming and the changes taking place in the Army standards. Women wearing earrings with ACUs (the camouflage uniform), visible tattoos and soldiers carrying around cell phones may be a thing of the past.
All of this is intended to get that good military "look", and I tend to agree with the changes. I find it funny that during grungy Basic Training situations (or any military event including combat), good hygiene and grooming were still things a military member was supposed to strive for. Men need to be close shaved, women can't have their hair touch the collar, and you better not smell or the drill sergeants will be after you. I remember there were a few smelly girls in my Basic Training platoon who tried to ditch the shower because we were so rushed after PT to get to the next formation. The drill sergeants got wind of this (literally!) and had our platoon guide stand outside the shower with a platoon roster on a clipboard, checking our naked bodies off that we were clean!
If you served in the military, share your haircut, hygiene, or other memorable grooming stories like trying to stay clean in combat, the first haricut where it all came off (for you guys), the smelly platoon mate, you get the idea. Comment below, or better yet add it as a story in the forum where more people may see it.