Will I have to cut my hair at training? what about after when I'm at the hospital - page 3

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I'm about to go to Navy officer training school and then I'll be a Navy nurse. I was told that if it is not collar length it will be cut to that length. Mine is not that long. It is on my shoulders(and even that I am... Read More


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    I'm also an Army nurse. I had long hair for training both times I trained, including time in the field (I went through LTC in ROTC and BOLC for basic officers training a couple years apart) and I really did like having long hair. The girls who had short hair seemed like they always had Kevlar head, and while Kevlars can do a number on long hair, at least you can take it down and put it up again if it gets really bad. With hair at your length, however, it may be a toss-up. If it doesn't readily stay put in a bun and you need a bunch of bobby pins to keep it from falling out, definitely cut it. Bobby pins + Kevlar = penetrating scalp wound. Keep a little comb or brush on you for those times when your hair just won't salute.

    PS, I'd like to correct anyone here who seems to think that military regs aren't somehow relevant to nursing. It's not exactly what you'd find under the "your grossest story" thread or your "guess what happened to me at work today" thread, but it's very relevant to someone who is just going in. I had a lot of questions before I entered, most of them related to housing and training, and many of those "non-nursing" questions were answered by the good folks under the Government/Military Nursing specialty forum. This forum is a great resource full of helpful people. That's something I don't want to see change!
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    Found the regulations regarding hair on females in the US Navy:Navy Grooming Standards
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    realnursealso/lpn: i came across this article also and it took me forever to figure out what was meant by
    [color=#333333] "no portion of the bulk of the hair as measured from the scalp will exceed approximately 2 inches." i thought, well, that is still really short! then i realized they were referring to 2 inches from the scalp when your hair is up somehow. just read the words, cyn, stop trying to reinvent the wheel.
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    Call a recruiter and ask them what the current policy is.
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    Here is the regulations 2011 NSCC/NLCC Uniform Regulations: Chapter 2

    I was not in the Navy but in the AF. I went to basic training then a few years after that I went to OTS. The AF allows long hair in a bun/braid while in boot camp. I had long hair (fine and thin) and decided to cut it into a bob before boot camp. At boot camp the Training Instructor commented that it was too long (it may have been a tad below the top of my collar line), but anyways they find anything to yell at you. I did not have to cut it till later when it was needed.

    I checked around a few sites and from what I get the Navy does make females cut their hair. Ofcourse, it would be your best interest to do this before boot camp! Just make sure it meets the standards which it does not fall below the bottem portion of the collar line. However to be honest I would cut it above the first collar line just to be safe. Your hair will grow out will you are there.

    Thank you for your service. I know you must be nervous! The time goes quick once you get there! Plus it is not like you have alot of down time to think about it anyways. :spin:
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    All I have to say is, Thank You for serving our country. oh..one more thing.... as far as this post having do to with nursing or not..you are a nurse and you are welcome to ask what you wish concerning your career and practice. I get a little tired of the arrogant rudeness on this forum, always predicated with.. "I DON'T MEAN TO BE RUDE, BUT...". Again, your are a nurse with a concern and we, as nurses, are your sister and brothers. Be safe and God Speed.
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    Quote from tyloo
    here is the regulations 2011 nscc/nlcc uniform regulations: chapter 2........... i checked around a few sites and from what i get the navy does make females cut their hair. ofcourse, it would be your best interest to do this before boot camp! just make sure it meets the standards which it does not fall below the bottem portion of the collar line. however to be honest i would cut it above the first collar line just to be safe. your hair will grow out will you are there.
    i'm confused... you posted the regulations, which say that long hair is allowed (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.), and then later on you state that hair-cutting is required?
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    Quote from brillohead
    i'm confused... you posted the regulations, which say that long hair is allowed (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.), and then later on you state that hair-cutting is required?
    http://www.allmilitary.com/tips/basi...stoexpect.html

    yeah the navy makes females cut their hair at basic training. long hair is allowed in the regulations but for some unknown reason the navy females have their hair cut at basic training. this is stated by many on different discussion forums. i am confused myself why it is permitted but practiced differently in boot camp. i don't know why this is done but many different females have posted this in discussion forums. here is an example from a respectable website.


    10 things to expect in basic training---allmilitary.comten things to expect in basic training:

    1. expect stress

      everything is going to be a big deal to your drill sergeant and everyone around is going to be stressed. donít make it personal. while being able to learn from what you are told, also be able to let it roll of your back. you will become too stressed if you take everything personal.expect sleep deprivation
    2. expect sleep deprivation

      your days will be planned down to the minute, with little time for sleep or rest. if you are not a morning person, try getting up very early for a few weeks before basic training to get your body used to a new sleep cycle.
    3. expect to fail

      no matter how hard you try or how well you do, you are going to fail. when a fellow recruit fails, you fail. do not get angry when others fail. there will be a time when you fail also. both times, you are responsible.
    4. expect to get sick

      you will be going through physical, mental, and emotional stress and the lack of sleep will cause your immune system to break down. whether a cold or the flu it is more than likely that you will become sick in basic training.
    5. expect homesickness

      suspecting that you like your family and friends, you will miss loved ones at home. while there is no real fix for this, pre-address and stamp letters before going to basic. in the small amount of time you have to write letters to loved ones you do not want to use it addressing the envelope. encourage correspondence from home also.
    6. expect to be yelled at

      if you are late, expect to be yelled at. if someone else is late, expect to be yelled at. if you mess up, expect to be yelled at. if you breathe too loudly, expect to be yelled at. if your hair is the drill sergeantís least favorite color, expect to be yelled at. you get the point.
    7. expect push-ups

      for every situation you are yelled at, it is equally as likely you will be doing push-ups.
    8. expect three square meals

      americanís have dutifully perfected the art of snacking. snacking is not a habit anymore, but an addiction. in basic training, there is no snacking. there are three meals everyday. besides water, that is it. that might sounds like a piece of cake, but it is more difficult than you think. if your drill sergeant finds a candy bar, refer to number seven, and expect push-ups
    9. expect to be deployed

      despite what someone told you about certain enlisted jobs not being deployed, more than likely thatís not true. deployment is what you are in training for.
    10. expect haircuts

      women (and men) in navy basic training are required to have hair that does not touch the collars of their uniforms.


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    There is a difference between enlisted boot camp and Officer Development School.
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    "Basic training" is not the same thing that officers attend, generally speaking ... and I would bet that nurses joining the Navy do NOT have to cut their hair for ODS.


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