Military Bearing photo for nom packet

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  1. candidate1997

    candidate1997 Member

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    Does anyone else have MOC who requires this? Instructions are as follows:

    The purpose of a photograph is to judge your military bearing. The photograph should be at least 3” x 5” and taken within the last six months. You should be standing straight, arms to the side, head erect, and feet pointed approximately 45 degrees to, and approximately 10’-15’ from the camera lens. Heavy, scant, or loose fitting clothing is discouraged. Your body should be visible from head to feet and fill most of the long axis of the photograph.
     
  2. MemberLG

    MemberLG Member

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    No. Are they not holding interviews?

    If they are not holding interviews, a picture is a way to tell provide more information about a candidate.
     
  3. Pima

    Pima Parent

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    Our DS had to supply a photo, but not that degree. All he was told was to supply a passport size head shot.

    I'd be interested to understand why they feel the need to have a photo where their feet are to be 45 degrees.
     
  4. kinnem

    kinnem Moderator

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    It's similar to what NROTC candidates for in-school scholarships have to do.... except they have to be in uniform. Evidently military bearing is important to some. First I've heard of it for a nomination though.
     
  5. Boozebin

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    I might be reading too much into it but it may have to do more with your ability to follow the instructions of the picture than the picture itself. Just a guess or consider it an addition to what others have said.
     
  6. usna1985

    usna1985 USNA Alumnus

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    Never heard of it but my guess is it's to see if you're overweight as a "head shot" is all that's needed for ID purposes. Hence the instructions not to wear loose fitting clothing. As someone above said, it makes much more sense if they're not doing interviews.
     
  7. candidate1997

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    I am also wondering if it's ok to smile in this "military bearing" photo lol! My son doesn't think so, but it makes him look so mean :smile:
     
  8. candidate1997

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    One of ours specifies no interview, but two of them do not specify.
     
  9. Sampia

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    My DS had to provide one as described for his marine option side-load scholarship package. He also had to provide one in his skivvies so they could make sure his tattoo didn't show. I do not imagine the smile would do much to enhance the presence of bearing. When they did individual headshot photos of the class, I noticed none of the Marine options were smiling but several of the Navy students were.
     
  10. flieger83

    flieger83 Super Moderator Moderator

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    Based upon what you have described, I think I would stand at a modified position of attention...and the look I would give the camera...don't laugh...would be one of quiet confidence. No smirk, no smile, but a look of confidence.
    (Cue "Queen: Princes of the Universe") :thumb:

    Steve
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  11. candidate1997

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    This is pretty much the type of picture he submitted :thumb:
     

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