Cadets will conform to the published MCC dress code in or out of uniform. Cosmetics/make-up, jewelry, fingernails hair styles are covered in the dress code. We do claim the right to modify the dress code for uniform wear, especially in hair styles.
The following paragraphs apply to uniform wear:
HAIR. Hair styles for all cadets must allow for the normal, proper wearing of the beret. Braids, weaves, hair-styles that interfere with the proper wearing of uniform headgear are not authorized. Headgear shall fit snugly and comfortably around the largest part of the head. Since the beret is fitted to each cadet’s head we cannot issue another beret for just a day. If the cadet forgets the beret, leadership points will be deducted. It is not our policy to change beret sizes to fit the current hair style. Eccentric haircuts and hair colors are not permitted. If a cadet insists on wearing a hairstyle that is not in compliance with these regulations perhaps it is better for that cadet to have their schedule changed out of Cadet Corps.
Females: Hair may touch the collar but not go below the collar. Inconspicuous pins/barrettes or small black hair bands may be worn in the hair when the uniform is worn. Girls with long hair may put their hair in a French braid or military bun. We will teach girls how to style/prepare the bun. The bun must be located low on the back of the head so as not to interfere with the proper wearing of the uniform beret. The cadet must be able to properly wear the uniform beret when the hair is put up.
Males: Hair can be no longer than three (3) inches on top, tapered (not blocked or squared across the back of the neck), and evenly graduated from the hairline. Side burns will not extend below the top of the ear hole. Male cadets are expected to be clean shaven every day (per dress code). No facial hair is authorized. Ask the barber for a short, tapered military style haircut. Skinned/razor-shaved haircuts are discouraged. Buzz cuts/crew cuts are authorized but not required. One fresh haircut a month is expected especially before inspections; many male cadets purchase hair clippers for home use (haircuts currently cost $10.00-12.00 at a barber). Remember: hair will grow back! Grow it to your waist over the summer if you want.
JEWELRY. One gold or silver religious necklace may be worn with the uniform, under the T-shirt and not exposed. A medical alert bracelet may be worn while in uniform. No other bracelet is authorized. Females may wear one pair of small gold stud-type earrings (one earring in each ear) at the center part of the ear lobe. Earrings for males are never permitted in the Cadet Corps classroom (even in civilian clothing), or when the male cadet is in uniform. One ring on each hand is authorized, limited to engagement rings, wedding bands, or class rings. Costume jewelry is not authorized in uniform. Ankle bracelets are not authorized in uniform. Only one wristwatch is authorized. No other jewelry is authorized while in uniform including rings/bars in the tongue, lips, or other visible areas of the body!
COSMETICS / MAKE UP. Applied per the MCC dress code only. Males never wear cosmetics/make-up.
FINGERNAILS. Fingernails will be clean and neatly trimmed. On females, fingernails will not extend more than 1/4 inch past the end of the finger. Decorated fingernails are not permitted while wearing the uniform. On males, fingernails will not extend past the end of the finger.