I Finally Got My Way with the D I.

I Finally Got My Way with the D I.

I enlisted in Aug. 1956, right out of high school as soon as I was 18. While in school I sported a mustache because I was always in too much of a hurry to get finished. So when I got to Chicago for indoctrination and swearing in and had my picture taken for my ID card it was with my mustache. After arriving at MCRD and around 3 or 4 weeks into boot training our DI’s took offense with some of the ‘screws’ starting to grow mustaches and one morning announce at roll call that when we hit the head to shave if you don’t have a mustache on your ID card you will exit the head clean shaven. Well that went as planned except I didn’t shave mine off, after all it was on my ID card. During muster for our march to the chow hall our senior DI called me out and reamed me for not following orders and who the hell do you think you are and more importantly WHERE do you think you are. I will admit I was intimidated but stood my ground and reminded him that his order was “If you don’t have a mustache on your ID card, SHAVE!”, he demanded I present my card and that is when I felt I had trumped him on that one. He didn’t like it but he was a Man about it. I was appointed to be ‘Right Guide’ afterward and performed my duties proudly and competently after that.
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19 comments


  • Top Pro USMC ’64-’84

    In reply to Ray Phipps.
    It’s still a great “STORY” whether it is true or not.


  • Larry Whittington

    While on PI during the summer of ’65, I never saw a recruit “stand his ground and remind his Drill Instructor” of anything! He would have died a quick and painful death! Also, we didn’t get our ID card photo’s made until deep into the training cycle.


  • Ray Phipps

    In reply to Top Pro USMC ‘64-’84.
    I think it is a bullshit story . I was in 1959-1963 and you had to be a staff N C O to wear a mustaches and I only saw one and he was in comm. (pouge). In boot camp you shaved every morning whether you needed to or not.


  • Howard Hada

    ummmmm….I find this very hard to believe…I didn’t get my ID card UNTIL AFTER bootcamp was completed…and it had my bootcamp picture on it…complete with the “high and tight”……


  • David Earl Tyre, Sgt.

    In reply to Ed Emanuel.
    I was thinking the same thing! I can’t remember when we got our I.D. cards. Got to P.I. Oct. 1954.


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