what exactly is the Army haircut “Ranger Rug” and is it authorized for normal military personnel?

i was told it’s kind of a small fohawk. is this a real army authorized haircut for all army personnel?

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  • its called a high and tight. clean sides short on top it started out as an airborne/ranger trade mark the Marines wear thers that way also, yes anybody can wear there hair that way (males anyway) it is considerd a squared away haircut.

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  • The Rangers don’t use the Ranger Rug/ High and Tight anymore unless somebody lost a bet. They cut their hair now using the Army standards. They push those standards as far as they can on length too. They don’t use Hooah anymore either unless they’re making fun of someone.

  • yes its called a “high and tight” or a “high and stupid” depending on the persons viewpoint of that haircut. btw rangers no longer cut their hair that way, they have the same relaxed hair regs that SF has.

    looking at army regs its really a haircut that isnt authorized at all, but so many people have it that its not going to change.

    AR 670-1 states:

    “The hair on top of the head must be neatly groomed. The length and bulk of the hair may not be excessive or present a ragged, unkempt, or extreme appearance. The hair must present a tapered appearance. A tapered appearance is one where the outline of the soldier’s hair conforms to the shape of the head, curving inward to the natural termination point at the base of the neck. When the hair is combed, it will not fall over the ears or eyebrows, or touch the collar, except for the closely cut hair at the back of the neck. The block-cut fullness in the back is permitted to a moderate degree, as long as the tapered look is maintained. In all cases, the bulk or length of hair may not interfere with the normal wear of headgear or protective masks or equipment. Males are not authorized to wear braids, cornrows, or dreadlocks (unkempt, twisted, matted, individual parts of hair) while in uniform or in civilian clothes on duty. Hair that is clipped closely or shaved to the scalp is authorized.

    Males will keep sideburns neatly trimmed. Sideburns may not be flared; the base of the sideburn will be a cleanshaven, horizontal line. Sideburns will not extend below the lowest part of the exterior ear opening.”

    it also states that faddish appearances are not allowed, and that haircuts should look proffessional.

    high and stupids are not tapered by any means, are faddish (the only people you ever see with them are people trying to look military-ish), and i’ve yet to meet any one that you’d consider a proffessional with one. infact out side of the military, 99% of the time when you see someone with a high and stupid its a newspaper article about a child molester.

    so its authorized even though it breaks regs…i wouldnt recomend gettong one though, unless you wanna look like a tool

  • When I was in Basic Training I saw a lot of NCO’s with that hair cut mainly my 1st sergeant and a few drill sergeants on Fort Jackson’s base a lot of higher NCO’s had that hair-cut. I never saw an officer or a private with such. I think it’s just and NCO thing like I said.

    I am not sure if this helps but this is what I noticed when I was in Army Basic Training.

  • You can grow your fro any way you want as long as it’s above the ears and collar and you don’t get sunburned or otherwise injured as a result of your choice.

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