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


  • Paul E. Gill

    This never happened at PI. Looks like we have another “Wanabee.”


  • Ed Emanuel

    I went to Boot Camp right out of High School in1956 (Parris Island) and believe me we didn’t get an ID card until we finished Boot Camp. No one in our platoon had a mustache and I never saw one on any recruit in my 3 months in boot camp. The recruit must of been from the reserves or he is confusing Boot Camp with ITR or beyond.


  • J. R. Holden

    Ha, when I was assigned to 1/1 in 1962 after ITR I wanted to grow a mustache, but my Gunny told me that you had to be an NCO before you could grow facial hair. I was meritoriously promoted to Corporal by that same Gunnery Sergeant after we rotated to Okinawa as 2/9 and have had that mustache since 1963.


  • Top Pro USMC ’64-’84

    Great story, you accomplished what all of us would have liked to have done. Semper Fi!


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