In basic combat training, the males are required to shave their beards everyday except your mustache as long as it does not go past the corners of your mouth. If you’re not a person who likes to shave or have sensitive skin to razors, then I suggest that you get a shaving profile.
A shaving profile is basically an expiration referral, stating that you cannot shave for more than one or two weeks. You can also get a permanent shaving profile in basic training, if you have serious bumps under your neck and ingrown hair. The army doctor can also give you an electric razor if the condition gets worse but those are issued to recruits who have serious bump issues.
How to Get a Shaving Profile
In order to receive a shaving profile in basic, you must have some visible skin bumps under your neck. Then wake up early before 0500 hours or first formation of the day. You must bring a battle buddy along with you to CQ desk (or formally known as Charge of Quarters, an overnight desk duty with one drill sergeant). Your battle buddy and yourself must legibly write your names, platoon and reason for going to sick call into the sign-in roster and receive a sick call slip. Even though you will miss the morning exercise, you do not have to make it up later. Also, make sure that you tell your squad leader beforehand of your absence. This way someone does know where you are when a drill sergeant does attendance.
The hardest part about going to sick call is finding a battle buddy who will go along with you. If you do, then you’re in luck. After getting the sick call slip, make sure that you carry it everywhere you go including the restroom. When a drill sergeant approaches you for having a beard, then you can show him or her your shaving profile.