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    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?

    Thanks,
    TJ
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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.
    Last edited by Proud Kraut; 10-12-2019, 02:39 PM.

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      #3
      They look like war protesters. Great pix. Thanks for showing. Regards Robert

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        #4
        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,
        TJ

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            #6
            Hi,

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

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

            Uwe

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              #7
              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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                  #9
                  Bundeshair?

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                  I miss the 1970's, but not all of it.

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                    #10
                    Awesome comments and a great article from Uwe!

                    Many thanks,
                    TJ

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