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Those infamous relaxed grooming standards
Old 10-12-2019, 11:31 AM   #1
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Default Those infamous relaxed grooming standards

Gents,

I am always fascinated by pictures of 1970s era BW soldiers with really long hair.

As a retired U.S. infantryman, I couldn't imagine trying to maintain any semblance of personal hygiene during a long field problem with a 'mop' like those pictured. Nor could I imagine trying to get a good seal with a gas mask with a beard.

The Bundeswehr of the 1970s was a far cry from the Wehrmacht of the 1940s (and there is a lot of good to be said about that...), not to mention their fellow Germans serving across the border in the NVA.

While stationed in the BRD in the late 1980s, I was astounded to learn from BW soldiers in my partnership unit (Panzergrenadierbattailon 342) that buzz cuts were strictly prohibited by regulation. Close haircuts were favored by the Neo-Nazi movement and thus the BW could not allow this style of haircut for fear of alarming the public.

Your thoughts?

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Old 10-12-2019, 02:14 PM   #2
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Thank god the "German Hair Force" episode did not last very long. The "Haarnetzerlass" (hair net decret) permitted soldiers to wear long hair in general. But soldiers had to wear hair nets during exercises etc. The decret was cancelled one year after it's implementation in 1971.

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Old 10-12-2019, 04:02 PM   #3
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They look like war protesters. Great pix. Thanks for showing. Regards Robert
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Old 10-13-2019, 10:07 AM   #4
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Gents,

Thanks for your comments.

PK, I appreciate the information on the "Hair Net Decree" as it helps me narrow down when the pictures were taken.

All the best,
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Old 10-13-2019, 10:49 AM   #5
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Were there tätigkeit abzeichen for best hairdo ?
I could see a whole new range of badges involving a stylized blow dryer.
Especially Stephanie in the centre of the right pic. would qualify...
They're probably thinking that wearing a helmet would ruin their looks.
Funny pictures though.

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Old 10-14-2019, 06:06 AM   #6
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Hi,

please see here for information, the Haarnetz (Zwiebelsack = sack of onion):

http://dienstfriseur.blogspot.com/20...-friseure.html

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Old 10-14-2019, 10:35 AM   #7
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Although I can't remember BW personnel with hair this long, I can recall that whilst on exercise in Germany during the late 70's & early 80's there were plenty of Dutch soldiers adorned with such flowing locks !
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Old 10-14-2019, 12:25 PM   #8
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Although I can't remember BW personnel with hair this long, I can recall that whilst on exercise in Germany during the late 70's & early 80's there were plenty of Dutch soldiers adorned with such flowing locks !
I know that's true.
I was in The Dutch army stationed in Germany early nineties.
Walked into the shower room once to see what was going on when the company's hair dresser used to give cheap haircuts and they said everybody is going to get a mowhawk haircut for free !
I asked when it would be my turn and surprisingly I was next.
The mowhawk looked great on me but as it turned out I was the only one.
We all had a good laugh about it,even me.
I rather go to battle with a mowhawk than looking like Shirley Temple....

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Old 10-14-2019, 10:02 PM   #9
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Bundeshair?

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I miss the 1970's, but not all of it.
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Old 10-16-2019, 05:18 PM   #10
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Awesome comments and a great article from Uwe!

Many thanks,
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Old 11-17-2019, 06:51 AM   #11
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This is the hairdresser thread,right?
Last week I came across this non-portable medal made by B.H. Mayer Pforzheim.
For outstanding achievements in the hairdresser branche.
Item measures 45mm in diameter.
When I first saw it,I immediately thought of this thread.
All the best,
Kees
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