In addition to the uniform, a cadet’s ability to adhere to shared grooming standards creates an image of professionalism and pride. While hair and grooming standards have changed and evolved over the course of Cal Maritime’s history, the concept that cadets agree to follow these standards has remained the same. The maritime industry as a whole understands and knows that Cal Maritime cadets have the ability to present themselves professionally while on campus and in the field.


HAIR: Male hair shall be no longer than four inches and may not touch the ears, collar, extend below eyebrows when headgear is removed, show under front edge of headgear, or interfere with proper
wearing of safety headgear. Hair on the back ofthe neck must not touch the collar. Haircuts will not exceed two inches in bulk with a taper of no longer than ¼” with an even fade. Angled cuts will have even graduation with a difference under 2”. Sideburns will not fall below the center of the ear and will have a straight cut. Only natural hair color dyes are permitted.

SHAVING: Male cadets are required to shave every morning before donning the uniform or conducting official business. Cadets are authorized to have mustaches. Mustaches will not fall below the upper lip and will not extend past the corners of the mouth.


HAIR: Females are to wear their hair in an appropriate and professional manner. Ponytails and braids that fall below the collar are authorized in uniform but may not exceed 3 inches below the bottom of the collar. Bulk of the hair shall not interfere with the proper wearing of regulation headgear. Only natural hair color dyes are permitted. When required by lab and shipboard regulation, hair will be styled into a tight bun to fit inside the appropriate headgear to prevent hair from
exposure to moving machinery and other unsafe conditions.

HAIR ACCESSORIES: All hair accessories must be consistent with wearer’s hair color. Excessive number of accessories may not be worn.

CADETS WHO IDENTIFY AS OTHER THAN MALE OR FEMALE (e.g., non-binary, genderfluid, or genderqueer) 

Cadets identifying as other than male or female may request reasonable adaptations to the restrictions of uniform and grooming standards for male and female cadets. After discussion with the Director of Cadet Equity and the Commandant of Cadets, grooming standards guidance will be provided in writing to each requesting cadet. Cadets will be provided the same uniform items as cadets who identify as either male or female.


Cadets in gender transition from male to female or female to male must meet with the Director of Cadet Equity and the Commandant of Cadets prior to the point at which they will adopt new uniform and grooming standards for their identified gender. Once a cadet has updated their record and informed the Director of Cadet Equity and the Commandant of Cadets, they will receive written guidance to facilitate their adoption of their new gender standards