AT9 wrote:Along the lines of appearance, here's a possibly dumb question:
I've grew a beard a couple months ago. It's pretty short, conservative, and cleanly trimmed. I know that beards are generally a no-no in the military. Should I shave for the photo or let it be so long as it's trimmed professionally?
Edit: my appearance otherwise (hair cut is simple, no tats, etc.) is clean-cut and military friendly.
To be clear, I'm not JAG and am only beginning the internship application process. That said, I've been an officer in the Army, so here's my two cents.
This is the kind of thing that PROBABLY wouldn't hurt you. Yes, professional appearance is important in the military. Yes, things need to be just so ("your mustache must not extend beyond a vertical line drawn up from the corner of your mouth, etc.) However, most military personnel are not the retarded automatons some people think they are. If you have a neat, trimmed beard, most people aren't going to assume from that that you're a wild eyed hippie who will never be able to adapt to the military. On the other hand, you might be unlucky and get that one guy who does
jerk off at night to AR 670-1, and will ding you for a beard. So, all things being equal, I guess I'd shave it just to be on the safe side.
Trust me, people in the military laugh at prospective boots who show up with a high and tight. I can't imagine you need to focus on looking TOO military in your portrait. It's more like you need to demonstrate that you know how to present a conservative, professional appearance. And reassure them you're not a fattie.