SECTION 1: GENERAL INFORMATION
2101 - General
primary consideration is to have a neatly groomed appearance while wearing the
NSCC uniform or the Alternative NSCC civilian attire. Grooming
standards are based on several elements including neatness, cleanliness, safety,
military image and appearance. The standards established herein are not intended
to be overly restrictive, or to isolate NSCC personnel from society. The limits
set forth are reasonable and ensure that personal appearance contributes to a
favorable military image. NSCC male and female grooming policies recognize the
difference between the sexes, and establish appropriate grooming and personal
appearance standards for male and female officers and cadets.
SECTION 2: SMARTNESS
2201 - General
2201.1 IMAGE. NSCC
personnel must set and maintain the highest possible standards of smartness in
uniform appearance. The military image reflected by attention to detail in
wearing of the uniform is a key element in the positive public image of the
Uniforms shall be kept scrupulously clean and pressed, with lace,
devices and insignia bright and free from tarnish and corrosion.
No articles shall protrude from or be visible on the uniform,
including such items as pencils, pens, watch chains, fobs, pins,
jewelry, handkerchiefs, combs, keys, large wallets, tobacco products or similar
items. Pagers and or cellular phones may be authorized by a Commanding Officer
in situations where the unit leaders require such devices for the safety and
control of the NSCC event in progress.
Prescription Glasses cannot be eccentric or faddish in design or style.
Conservative sunglasses are permitted, except in military formations. If
retainer straps are required, they shall be plain, black and worn snugly against
the back of the head
Appropriate undergarments shall be worn to preserve the dignity and
appearance of the uniform. Male and female personnel shall wear white
undergarments when wearing any of the white uniforms. Cadets shall wear an all
white crew neck tee shirt with the jumper (cracker jacks style top).
2201.6 MILITARY CREASES.
Military creases on shirts are an individual option. Sewn-in creases
are not authorized. When used, they will conform to current Navy standards.
(U.S. Navy Uniform Regulations, NAVPERS 15665 [current release] in Chapter 2,
2201.7 UNIFORM CARE.
Long service life of the various uniform articles can be attained only
by proper care and maintenance. Even new, properly fitted uniforms will not
continue to look their best or keep their shape unless you care for them
properly. Uniforms should be stored on hangers. If uniforms are to be stored for
a long time, they should be cleaned thoroughly, then packed away in an airtight
plastic bag with a packet of desiccant (drying agent which is obtainable in many
of the large chain department stores). The Navy Uniform manual should be
consulted for the best ways to clean the uniform and its insignia. (U.S. Navy
Uniform Regulations, NAVPERS 15665 [current release] in Chapter 2, Section 2).
2201.8 STANDARDS. - No eccentricities or faddish dress,
jewelry or grooming will be permitted.
2202 - Personal Appearance
Because it is impossible to provide examples of every appropriate or
unacceptable grooming facet, the good judgment of leaders at all levels is key
to enforcement of the NSCC grooming policy.
2203 - Grooming Standards -
2203.1 GENERAL. - Hair will be neat, clean and present a
well-groomed appearance. Hair above the ears and around the neck shall be
tapered from the lower natural hairline upwards at least 3/4 inch and outward no
greater than 3/4 inch to blend with the hairstyle. Hair on the back of the neck
may not touch the collar. The "block out" is permitted as long as a tapered
appearance is maintained. Hair shall be no longer than 4 inches and groomed so
that it does not touch the ears or collar, extend below the eyebrows when
headgear is removed, show below the front edge of the headgear, nor interfere
with the proper wearing of military headgear. Bulk of the hair shall not exceed
2 inches. Bulk is defined as the distance that the mass of hair protrudes from
the scalp when groomed (as opposed to the length of the hair). Hair coloring
must look natural and complement the individual. Faddish styles and outrageous
multicolored hair are not authorized. The primary consideration remains a neatly
groomed appearance for the hairstyle and the type of hair that the individual
has, with 4 inches length and 2-inch bulk the maximum under any circumstances.
(Figure 13, Appendix 1, Page 1-13)
2203.2 BULK. Military
headgear shall fit properly and in no case shall the bulk or length of hair
interfere with the proper wearing of any military headgear.
2203.3 TAPER. The
unique quality and texture of curled, kinked, waved and straight hair is
recognized, and in some cases the 3/4-inch taper at the back of the neck may be
difficult to attain. In those special cases, hair must present a graduated
appearance and may combine the taper with a line at the back of the neck. One
(cut, clipped or shaved) natural, narrow, fore-and-aft part is authorized.
Varying hair styles, including afro, are permitted provided these
styles meet the criteria of maximum length and bulk, tapered neck and sides, and
do not interfere with the proper wearing of military headgear. Plaited or
braided hair shall not be worn while in uniform. Faddish and outrageous
multi-color hair is not authorized. Exaggerated styles, including those with
excessive fullness or extreme height, are not authorized.
Sideburns (if worn) shall be neatly trimmed and tapered in the same
manner as the haircut. Sideburns shall not extend below a point level with the
middle of the ear, shall be even width (not flared) and shall end with a
clean-shaven horizontal line. "Muttonchops," "ship's captain" or similar
grooming modes are considered to be merely elongated sideburns and thus are not
2203.6 FACIAL HAIR.
The face shall be clean-shaven. Unit leaders should use discretion and
not require cadets to start shaving until it is required. The wearing of
mustaches and beards is not authorized for Sea Cadets. However, NSCC
officers/midshipmen/uniformed instructors may wear mustaches, but shall be kept
neatly and closely trimmed and no portion of the mustache shall extend below the
lip line of the upper lip. The wearing of a beard is not authorized unless
required for a medical reason, in which case, a waiver must be requested from
Sea Cadet Headquarters who will provide the grooming standards if a waiver is
granted. If worn, a mustache will not go beyond a horizontal line extending
across the corner of the mouth and no more than 1/4 inch beyond a vertical line
drawn upward from the corners of the mouth. The length of an individual mustache
hair fully extended shall not extend more than 1/2 inch. Handlebar mustaches,
goatees, beards or eccentricities are not permitted.
2204 - Grooming Standards -
2204.1 GENERAL. Hair will be clean and neatly arranged.
No outrageously multicolored or faddish hairstyles, to include shaved portions
of the scalp (other than the neckline), or have designs cut or braided into the
hair. Hair coloring must look natural and complement the individual. Haircuts
and styles shall present a balanced appearance. Lop-sided and extremely
asymmetrical styles are not authorized. Ponytails, pigtails, widely spaced
individual hanging locks, and braids, which protrude from the head, are not
authorized. Multiple braids are authorized. Braided hairstyles shall be
conservative and conform to the guidelines listed herein. When a hairstyle of
multiple braids is worn, braids shall be of uniform dimensions, small in
diameter (approx. 1/4 inch), and tightly interwoven to present a neat,
professional, well-groomed appearance. Foreign material (i.e., beads, decorative
items) shall not be braided into the hair. Short hair may be braided in
symmetrical fore-and-aft rows (corn rowing), which minimize scalp exposure.
Cornrow ends shall not protrude from the head, and shall be secured only with
inconspicuous rubber bands that match the color of the hair. Appropriateness of
a hairstyle shall also be judged by its appearance when headgear is worn. All
headgear shall fit snugly and comfortably around the largest part of the head
without distortion or excessive gaps. Hair shall not show from under the front
of the brim of the combination hat, garrison, or command ball caps. Hairstyles
which do not allow headgear to be worn in this manner, or which interfere with
the proper wear of protective masks or equipment are prohibited. When in
uniform, the hair may touch, but not fall below a horizontal line level with the
lower edge of the back of the collar. With jumper uniforms, hair may extend a
maximum of 1 1/2 inches below the top of the jumper collar. (Figure 13, Appendix
1, Page 1-13)
2204.2 BULK. Long
hair, including braids, which fall below the lower edge of the collar shall be
neatly and inconspicuously fastened, pinned, or secured to the head. No portion
of the bulk of the hair as measured from the scalp will exceed approximately 2
2204.3 HAIR ORNAMENTS.
Conspicuous rubber bands, pins or hair ornamentation of any kind is not
authorized. A maximum of two small barrettes/combs/clips, similar to the hair
color may be used in the hair. Additional bobby pins or rubber bands matching
hair color may be used to hold hair in place, if necessary. Fabric elastics and
colored rubber bands/pins are not authorized. Hair ornaments shall not present a
safety or FOD (Foreign Object Damage) hazard. Hairnets shall not be worn unless
authorized for a specific type of duty.
Cosmetics shall be applied in good taste so that colors blend with
natural skin tones and enhance natural features. Exaggerated or faddish cosmetic
styles are not authorized. Care should be taken to avoid an artificial
appearance. Lipstick colors shall be conservative and complement the individual.
Long false eyelashes are not authorized.
Earrings shall be small 6mm ball (approximately 1/4 inch), plain, screw
on or post type. Gold for NSCC officers, midshipmen, uniformed instructors and
CPOs, and silver for cadets E6 and below, with brushed matte finish.
Hosiery shall be worn with skirts. Shall be made of nylon material,
individual's flesh tone color, undecorated, and seamless.
2205 - Grooming Standards -
Male and Female
2205.1 BODY PIERCING.
Not authorized. No
articles, other than earrings for women specified above, shall be attached to or
through the ear, nose, or any other body part.
Fingernails shall not extend past fingertips. They shall be kept clean.
Fingernails shall not extend more than 1/4 inch measured from the
fingertip. They shall be kept clean. Nail polish may be worn, but colors shall
be conservative and complement the skin tone.
Conservative jewelry is authorized for all personnel and shall be in
good taste. Eccentricities or faddishness are not permitted. Jewelry shall not
present a safety or FOD (Foreign Object Damage) hazard. Jewelry shall be worn
within the following guidelines:
Only one may be worn. Ankle bracelets are not authorized.
One earring per ear (centered on earlobe) may be worn. Earrings shall
be 4mm - 6mm ball (approximately 1/8 - 1/4 inch), plain with shiny or brushed
matte finish screw-on or with posts. Gold for officers, midshipman, uniformed
instructors and CPOs, and silver for cadets E6 and below. Small single pearl
earrings are authorized for wear at formal occasions (dinners, balls, etc.).
Only one necklace may be worn and it shall not be visible.
Only one ring per hand is authorized, plus a wedding/engagement ring
set. Rings are not authorized for wear on the thumbs or toes.
Only one may be worn.
2205.4 HAIRPIECES. -
Hairpieces or wigs shall be of good quality and fit, present a natural
appearance, and conform to the grooming standards set forth in these
regulations. They shall not interfere with the proper performance of duty nor
present a safety hazard or FOD (Foreign Object Damage) hazard.