Question regarding haircuts as a recruit.

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I was just wondering if you still have to get your head shaved to the bone as a recruit? (infantry)

Bit of a stupid and silly question I know becasue most people wouldnt think twice about shaving their heads but the reason I ask is that I have a bit of a lump on the top of my head which Ive had since birth. Just the way the skull formed I guess.

You wouldnt be able to tell looking at me as my hair hides it. I dont have long hair just normal short to medium length. But, the thought of having it all shaved off is not a nice one because everyone would be able to see it!!!! :oops:

I normally have a number 3 on the back and sides with it fairly short on top (about 1 inch I guess) but does anyone know if you can be excused the REALLY short cut?

OK you can stop laughing now! :D
 
#3
Listen in John Merrick........you all get shaved. It's not a number one if I recall, more like a number 2.

You'll have more important things to worry about in training than your malformed shwede.
 
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Paully123 said:
I was just wondering if you still have to get your head shaved to the bone as a recruit? (infantry)

Bit of a stupid and silly question I know becasue most people wouldnt think twice about shaving their heads but the reason I ask is that I have a bit of lump on the top of my head which Ive had since birth. Just the way the skull formed I guess.

You wouldnt be able to tell looking at me as my hair hides it. I dont have long hair just normal short to medium length. But, the thought of having it all shaved off is not a nice one because everyone would be able to see it!!!! :oops:

I normally have a number 3 on the back and sides with it fairly short on top (about 1 inch I guess) but does anyone know if you can be excused the REALLY short cut?

OK you can stop laughing now! :D
This may have changed but when I was there (2003) our Joining Instructions said that there were to be NO shaved heads, short back and sides and a little on top was all that was allowed, within the first week we all had shaved heads as thats all the barber would do. Most of us had our hair cut as the JIs requested a few days before going, then still had to get the shaved head thus paying for 2 haircuts in 2 weeks.

So if its not changed, get used to being questioned about your growth and whether or not it snores at night.

W-60
 
#5
Have it no shorter than a 4 back and sides and a 5 on top; you won't be able to see the scalp. If it needs to be any shorter they'll cut it for you, people will take the piss for a few days, they'll invent a nickname for you then they'll get over it and you'll be part of the team.

The nickname will follow you for your entire career though. Until you earn another one.
 
#6
If training the same as it was when I went through you get marched down to barbers sometime in week one and get given a number 2 for which 15 notes (in 1995) was taken directly from your pay. ( you got a further 3 haircuts included at varying stages in the rest of the 10 weeks).

Just say you converted to a Sikh or Muslim the day before your training starts then you can have it as long as you like.
 
#7
Don't worry about it...first week we were all marched down the barbers and forces to pay £5 for a short back and sides, no matter what your hair looked like....took the barber all of 30 seconds to wave a pair of scissors over my head and ask for the money.

S_R
 

ugly

LE
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#9
Smudge leave him alone, it's obviously a rellative, why dont you just put up with what the baggy green machine asks you to do ffs. When I joined there was ladswith knock knees you could see in denims, they looked like they had rickets, still ran like loons for the cft!
 
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smudge67 said:
I don't recall having to pay.
They probably took it direct from your wages, along with the tele fund (not that I ever saw tele except in Sands) your corps tracksuit and various other bits and pieces. No need to worry the recruit just how much he getting tanked.
 
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stacker1 said:
smudge67 said:
I don't recall having to pay.
They probably took it direct from your wages, along with the tele fund (not that I ever saw tele except in Sands) your corps tracksuit and various other bits and pieces. No need to worry the recruit just how much he getting tanked.
Possibly? Although we did have to chip in towards the TV license. I wonder how much the DS made a year off that scam!
 
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smudge67 said:
Listen in John Merrick........you all get shaved. It's not a number one if I recall, more like a number 2.

You'll have more important things to worry about in training than your malformed shwede.
My word Smudge, your compassion knows no bounds (but did make me laugh so cheers :D ).

Paully - the reaction of Smudge typifies that which awaits you - don't get bothered by it, it is part of life in green and I'm sure you will in all likelihood experience more character building situations than coping with a slightly oddly shaped noggin. Anyway learn to love your mal-formed cranium and if all else fails there are new branches of Ripleys opening all the time.
 
#13
Haha lol, I was expecting some of these replies, and no I am not that bloke from the goonies! :mrgreen: Actually, I am quite handsome, all things considered :D

Cheers for the serious replies!

Damn me and my lump on my head!! :evil:
 

ugly

LE
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#14
Dont worry the spider will compensate for that. They still do have spiders dont they?
 

ugly

LE
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Strange as it is I remeber getting the obligitory haircut at Colerne back in 87 and looking at all of the other skinny, nervous, hunched shouldered, slack jawed youth making up my troop and thinking how pathetic we all looked. When deploying on ops many times after and seeing mates getting a number 4 (or even 2) all over we never looked that 'weird' again. I suppose it is down to the way people carry themselves and the confidence that knowing that just because your hair is really short it doesn't mean you're a spakker!
 
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smudge67 said:
stacker1 said:
smudge67 said:
I don't recall having to pay.
They probably took it direct from your wages, along with the tele fund (not that I ever saw tele except in Sands) your corps tracksuit and various other bits and pieces. No need to worry the recruit just how much he getting tanked.
Possibly? Although we did have to chip in towards the TV license. I wonder how much the DS made a year off that scam!
Probably nothing only the regiment as they took the money along charging top whack for living asbetos filled shithole with 20 other blokes.

The DS made their money by encouraging us to take out various insurance policies (lots of unofficial commission).
Swopping kit with the recruits to take back to the QMs in the first week, when DS were asked where it came from, it turned out the last troop to pass out left it in the drying room when they left, purely coincidental I'm sure that most of the theft out of the drying room while I was in basic occured when the recruits were at the other end of the camp while most of the DS were in their office right next to the drying room.
Along with doing us a favour by selling us used ironing boards for a fiver (10 quid in the NAAFI) then at the end of traing doing us another favour by getting rid of them all as they were to big to go in a car.
Banning us from taking fags on exercise then selling fag on exercise for 25p each (20 red band fags were about 2 quid at the time)
Not forgetting of course helping us out with bulling our boots(for a fee of a fiver) Later we found out that on those very nights the guard troop were "asked" by their staff to bull 30 sets of boots (on the bribe of a 30 minute lie in).

Anyway enough of conning bastards. Back to Paully123 if its any consolation I was stupid enough to have curtains as a hair style when I entered training, after my first hair cut I still had a centre parting in my number 2 style. I looked even more of a knobber, of course after I had a shower it was gone, yours will be a bit more permenant.
 
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