A man with the military mustache style.

How to Do a Military Mustache

Some branches of the military require that a mustache not extend beyond the corners of the mouth, be less than a 1/2-inch in length and not conceal any part of the upper lip. Unless you’re enlisted, however, you can grow it out a bit more and adhere to your own regulations.

How to Do the Military Mustache Step-by-Step

  • 1

    Use your Wahl trimmer to closely trim all facial hair on your cheeks, chin and neck, leaving the mustache intact.

  • 2

    Use your trimmer to remove any mustache whiskers that extend beyond the corners of your mouth (or a 1/4-inch beyond, depending on which branch of service you prefer).

  • 3

    With your trimmer, trim the bottom of the mustache until you have a strong lower edge that is flush with the uppermost border of your upper lip. Use the trimmer guide to trim all whiskers to a uniform length of 1/2-inch or less.

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