A former Army veteran who worked as a hair stylist at a local military salon was inspired to start a hair salon after seeing an ad in the local newspaper about a local company that had been providing military haircuts for the past five years.
Now, the veteran, who has worked as an assistant hair stylists at the same military salon for more than a decade, is selling his service-related services to make a profit.
He plans to start selling hair and beauty products online.
“It’s a dream come true,” said the former Army Ranger, who asked to remain anonymous out of concern for his safety.
“I have had some tough times with PTSD and my wife has been a tough person.
I needed a way to make money and not have to worry about her.”
Military haircuts are a staple of military life, especially in the United States, where there is a growing number of retired or injured veterans seeking treatment.
A survey last year by the U.S. Army Times found that a quarter of soldiers reported having at least one hairstyle service, which can include haircuts, waxing, color-shifting, styling, styling with high-tech tools or other treatments, and manicures.
The Army said it doesn’t know how many people use its services, but in a survey conducted last year, more than 90 percent of service members said they wanted haircuts.
The U.K.-based service has been using military haircutes since at least 2007.
In 2012, the military announced a pilot program in which troops could get military haircides at an Army retail store in Aberdeen, Scotland, which is in the Scottish Highlands, and also a pilot project in St. Albans, England, that saw an Army base in Scotland and a U.k. base in the Uckfield area, a region in southern England.
The service said the service would continue using military-style haircuts at its bases in England and the Usshevik Army Depot in Stuttgart, Germany.
“The service has always had the highest quality hair care, and now we have the opportunity to make even more money,” said Maj. Gen. Andrew M. O’Shaughnessy, the spokesman for the Army.
The military said that it pays its contractors to have military haircisions and that contractors do not have the ability to resell hair or hair products.
The price of military haircut is about $200 per session, which some veterans said is too much for some of them.
“You can go in the Army and be in a uniform and you can’t get any haircuts,” said former Marine Lance Cpl.
Michael L. McAllister, whose son, Lance Cpt.
Robert McAllisters, was wounded in Afghanistan and has since returned home.
“That’s ridiculous,” said McAlliers son, Robert.
“They need to make more money.”
Lacking the money to pay the bills, some veterans have resorted to working on their own, which often requires a degree of discipline, discipline that many of the veterans say is out of step with military culture.
“When you go into the military, you are expected to be disciplined, to do your job and show up,” said Lance Cmdr.
John D. Smith, who was a Marine infantryman in Afghanistan.
“At the end of the day, that’s not what it’s about.
It’s about a paycheck.”
The service has also been reluctant to disclose how many haircuts it pays.
In a statement to The Washington Post, the service said it would make its financial information public “only in cases where it is necessary to do so to protect the security of our personnel and our bases.”
“It is a routine practice to work with the military’s contracting officer in the form of a separate written contract,” the service wrote in its statement.
In addition, it said it does not pay military haircutters a base fee and does not have any control over their work.
Some veterans said that, in addition to being out of line with military standards, they were fearful of getting their hair cut.
“To be honest, I’ve had people tell me, ‘We’re going to leave if you cut our hair,’ ” said Cpl: Thomas F. Coughlin, a former Marine sergeant in Iraq who has since been diagnosed with post-traumatic stress disorder.
“But I know I wouldn’t be able to afford it.”
Lately, the Army has been looking for ways to boost its military budget by spending on military haircare services, which the service has previously said it was unable to afford.
The Office of the Secretary of Defense recently announced a $1.9 billion program that it said would give the service more money to cover its hair services.
The Defense Department has also committed $3 billion over five years to provide free haircuts to the wounded and sick for