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Discussion in 'The US Marine Corps Forum' started by ArodJohns, Jul 3, 2008.
Is it a good idea to get my head shaved before leaving for Boot?
Not a Marine but had a shaved head when talking to a recruiter in high school. He encouraged me to grow my hair out before going to boot, he said it could be taken as a joke and may result in an "uncomfortable" haircutting experience.
I've heard the only thing worse than long hair is to be buzzed/shaved. Just have something conservative when you ship out. You don't want anything that will make you stick out that first day, unless you'd like to have a DI in your face for half an hour at least.
Not in the slightest. My goal is for them to have to think a minute what my name is before the hand me the EGA.
They'll know your name, trust me.
Thanks for deciding to join our club.
Good luck & Semper Fi.
I'd go in there with my hair touching my ears. Just normal civilian hair.
Do what you're told and keep your mouth shut. Forget about that award.
Max the PT test.
Qualify expert with your weapons.
Avoid sick call.
Work on your uniform.
I don't think it matters what your name is, since your just the slime I have to wipe off my boot.
Not saying this to you ArodJohns, but this might be the light version of what they might say to someone. I think Dean's got the advice giving down.
Thought about my own experience since my dad was a Drill Seargent, so here's a website that'll give you a little bit of info on the basic training process.
Doesn't matter, it is the least of your worries, and your forming drill instructors will be the ones who see your hair when you get there, not the ones you will have for the remainder of bootcamp.
Save your money - they'll cut your hair for you.
And how!! I stood on the yellow footprints 35 years ago, had shoulder length "hippie" hair.
Thank you in advance for service. Stay safe, Semper Fi!
Make sure you get a USMC tattoo before you go, that really impresses the Drill Innstructors!!!!
Just kidding, good luck!
One of the guys in my Army National Guard unit tells about a recruit he knew in BASIC training.
This guy had it written into his contract that he was going to be in the 101st Airborne Division. When they had "family day" 9 weeks into training, he went and got a tattoo. The guy screwed up some other stuff and didn't actually manage to finish BASIC.
Definately go with a shaved head and be sure to say thank you sir for everything that they give you those first few hours, ie. uniform items (thank you) they cut your belt, (thank you) ect...! Also make sure to raise your hand and volunteer for everything you can. They really like a clean cut polite young man that stands above the rest.
If you take this seriously you deserve every bit of what you get!!!!
Good luck and thank you for joining!
And deprive those that cut your hair in Boot Camp? Not a chance. I had a guy in my platoon that came to PI with a high and tight, wearing a USMC shirt. It was quite memorable, to say the least.
Just go clean, and wearing clean clothes.
Uh huh, I'll get right on those!
And leave the weed at home! Dude was in boot camp with me for about an hour. We ahd to empty our wallets and log everything, and lo and behold, he had a joint. MP's took him away in cuffs. Odd, I just now remembered that after 22 years. Hadn't thought of it for years, but now it is plain as day.
leave your hair the way it is, you will only waste your money. work on PT, etc before you leave. They will take care of your hair for you..
I wouldn't do it. it won't really matter as that's the first part of the show once you step on the yellow footprints. The worst thing you can do is get a Marine Corps tattoo, before you have earned the Eagle Globe and Anchor, those guys caught hell from the DIs.
Hey man, nobody likes an ***-kisser.
What are you talking about??? The DI's like the guy that "stands out" Besides you might as well get noticed right off the bat. They didn't know who I was until a few weeks into it. Once I made it to the quarterdeck they made up for not getting me there sooner:embarassed: