Colleagues, We learned today that the Commandant has approved upperclassmen (men used purposefully!) to grow moustaches during the month of March. If you or cadets in your class choose to participate, please ensure moustaches meet AFI standards. Let me register my full support for a colleague’s statement earlier today: “I have a personal concern about using a personal grooming choice as an institutional statement about masculinity and the superficial differences between men and women (and those men who cannot or choose not to grow a moustache). Moustaches used in this way celebrate the bravado associated with a dominant masculine culture and harken back to a time when men were the only people allowed in the combat arms of our military. I believe they celebrate the unhealthy aspects of masculinity and warrior ethos at the expense of many of our colleagues who are unable or unwilling to participate. This brand of masculinity can lead to hostility and unhealthy divisions between those who can and those who cannot. It is not just women who are the brunt of this exclusion. Men who are unable or unwilling to participate can also be the target of jokes or harassment. In a time when we are celebrating equality and the empowerment of movements such as #metoo, to celebrate an historical culture that exclusively celebrated men causes me concern. I ask is that you thoughtfully consider your statement about our culture if you plan to participate. Perhaps, with some careful thought, we can learn to celebrate the traditions and esprit de corps of our service in a different way that includes all members of our organization.” What are your thoughts on this? For me personally, this is the exact kind of PC, divisive, politically motivated, triggered-culture vitriol spewed by ideologues that I was hoping to avoid by attending a MILITARY Service Academy. Why can't they just let a fun tradition be a fun tradition in a place where traditions are loved, but are few and far between? I had never even considered Mustache March or No Shave November to be anything else besides an expression of our limited freedoms that come as a consequence of military service. It's something a little fun and silly to increase morale and to increase comradery. Why does every single thing have to turn into a politically charged discussion? Again, these are just my feelings towards the matter. I'm interested to hear other peoples' thoughts.