Are all NROTC programs created equal?

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  1. bob1222

    bob1222 New Member

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    I don't want to have to deal with real stringent regulations on hair/facial hair/general unkempt appearance as a student while in NROTC. Obviously, if I must, I will. I'm just wondering - are all programs stringent identically? I'm new to everything - just wondering if sometimes some are relaxed and some are more anal. I know I can't know what mine will be like before I arrive, but please let me know about this!
     
  2. Falcon A

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    Dude -- have you met the military?
     
  3. Thompson

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    ... if this is a legitimate concern for you ... I'm not sure what you'd expect once you commission.

    Maybe OP should reconsider future plans, if the "flow" is that important.
     
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  4. Sampia

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    My guess is they would be consistent with the regulations.
     
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    hair is the least of ones worries in regards to meeting regulations...
     
  6. NavyHoops

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    bob1222, trying not to flame on you here, but if this is a concern of yours and you really "don't want to have to deal" with things like this, then you really need to seriously consider a different path. Shaving before PT or class and getting a haircut every two weeks is not that hard. Actually there was a thread on here a few weeks ago talking about how NROTC seems to be the most stringent of all ROTC programs. Alot of that is the Marine influence on programs. If you get in the habit of slacking for 4 years do you think you will just be able to turn it on when needed when you commission? Or you didn't feel like shaving before getting up for 0400 watch? Or one of your sailors doesn't shave? These are so minor of details as an officer, they should never come up, because they are just done. Please really think if this is the right path for you and realize what the commitment and expectations are of a future officer.
     
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    I have absolutely no doubt that all the programs are equally strict and toe the letter on appearance.
     
  8. parentalunit2

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    You can enjoy getting as shaggy as you want as you travel around the world during the next year. Best of luck to you, Bob.
     
  9. Sampia

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    My DS hates having to shave. That is why whenever he is home for any length of time, he lets the beard start to grow. However, he loves the NROTC and is looking forward to being a Marine. Shaving is one of the sacrifices he gladly makes. If you want this bad enough, you must learn to "embrace the suck"
     
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    To the OP, from my experience you should have a haircut when you need it. As a Marine Option, we get haircuts on Tuesdays, as we wear uniforms on Wednesdays for lab. We are required to have a zero fade, per USMC regs. This does not mean however, that we have to get our hair cut 3 times a week to keep that zero. My hair grows really fast, and by the time we have PT on Mondays, my hair is nowhere a zero, but is anyone blasting me for it? No. Just do what you can when you can, not everyone is a super moto midshipman that lives and dies by the regs, but they must be followed. As for facial hair, if you're not going to be in the NROTC building, or doing NROTC stuff, then chances are you'll survive with a little stubble if you forgot to shave one day. Just don't show up to stuff with facial hair when you're doing any NROTC related thing.

    Hope this cleared up the strictness to be expected, you're gonna be at a civilian college, not a service academy, and the staff understands that.
     

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