Grooming Standards

As outlined in the Unit Standing Orders, in conjunction with the RNZAF Dress Standards:

1.     All personnel are to be neat, clean, and smartly dressed at all times. Uniforms are to be washed after each wear to prevent build-up of dirt and sweat.

2.    General. The following regulations apply:

a.       Hair. No irregular patterns, partially shaven heads, mullets, mohawks, undercuts, rats tails or emblems are to be sculptured into hair. If artificially coloured, hair is to remain natural in appearance. To be read in conjunction with para 3 & 4 below.

b.      Cosmetics / Make-Up. Facial cosmetics / make-up may be used in moderation, as appropriate with the dress of the day.

c.       Nail polish. Only clear, neutral or shades of light to mid-pink coloured nail polish may be worn when in uniform. When uniform No.4B (DPM) is worn on exercise or operations, only clear, colourless polish may be worn.

3.     Males. All male personnel are to be clean shaven at all times when in uniform or on a NZCF activity. Providing that hair is neatly kept, the acceptability of a style is to depend only on the following criteria:

a.     Hair. Hair is to be kept cut to a moderate length all over the head. Hair is not to touch the collar line. The hair on the back of the head is not to be finished with stepped or squared edges.

b.    Shaving. The face (including the chin and throat) is to be clean shaven from a line no lower than the bottom of the ear canal down to the shirt collar. Male staff members may grow a beard, with the expressed permission of the Unit Commander.

4.     Females. The following regulations apply to female hair standards when in uniform. Providing that hair is neatly kept, the acceptability of a style is to depend only on the following criteria:

a.    General. Hair is to kept away from the face and is to be secured firmly and tidily. Fringes are to be neatly trimmed and not obscure the eyes. Hair is not to show on the face or forehead under headdress.

b.    Hair Accessories:

(1)     If hair accessories (bobby pins, clips, hair ties, bun nets, etc) are used, they are to be of plain design and of a similar colour to the hair of the individual; and

(2)    Hair ornaments (e.g. ribbons and headbands) are not to be worn.

c.     Hair Colouring. Hair colouring is to look natural.

d.    Short Hair. Short hair is hair that does not fall below the collar, at the back of the uniform, when the hair is loose. Females with short hair may wear it loose, provided the style meets the requirements of para 2.a and 4.a.

(1)     If short hair can be put into a bun, regardless of length, it should be.

e.     Long Hair. Long hair is hair that extends beyond the collar on the back of the uniform when the hair is loose:

 (1)    Female Cadets, with long hair are to ensure their hair is securely fastened above the collar in the form of a bun or braided bun, with a bun net, in the following circumstances:

i.    When health and safety, hygiene requirements, or specific legislation dictates (e.g. when working in a kitchen or around machinery);

ii.    When on parade; or

iii.   When ordered by the Unit Commander.

(2)    Female Cadets may wear their hair in a single plait that extends below the collar when in PT kit or DPM Working Dress, as long as it does not contradict the above.

(3)    Female Cadets may wear their hair in a double french plait that extends below the collar when in DPM, only in the field.