Morale: Marines Morn The Missing Mohawk
he American military services believe in tradition, but they are increasingly recruiting troops from a population that is less interested in that sort of thing.
In fact, the last few generations have adopted lifestyle customs that are quite at odds with what is thought of as a “military bearing” (how troops look and move).
So all the services are increasingly adding rules stipulating how the troops should behave.
Tattoos (where they are), piercings (very few), cell phones (how they are carried) and umbrellas (when they are allowed) have all been covered. But now the U.S. Marine Corps has come out with a new bunch of regulations, some of them making official what had long been unofficial custom. Just to make sure the young marines get the message.