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Marines With Long Hair? Barbers Strike On Okinawa

Marines of the U.S. Marine Corps, based in Japan's Okinawa, take part in a practice for a U.S.-South Korea joint landing operation drill in Pohang, about 370 km (230 miles) southeast of Seoul, April 25, 2013. The landing operation drill, which will be held on Friday is a part of the two countries' annual military training called Foal Eagle which began on March 1 and runs untill April 30. Tension has been fuelled by North Korean anger over the imposition of U.N. sanctions after its last nuclear arms test in February, creating one of the worst periods of stress on the peninsula since the end of the Korean War in 1953. REUTERS/Lee Jae-WonMarines of the U.S. Marine Corps, based in Japan's Okinawa, take part in a practice for a U.S.-South Korea joint landing operation drill in Pohang, about 370 km (230 miles) southeast of Seoul, April 25, 2013. The landing operation drill, which will be held on Friday is a part of the two countries' annual military training called Foal Eagle which began on March 1 and runs untill April 30. Tension has been fuelled by North Korean anger over the imposition of U.N. sanctions after its last nuclear arms test in February, creating one of the worst periods of stress on the peninsula since the end of the Korean War in 1953. REUTERS/Lee Jae-Won

Marines are known for looking their best in uniform, but the close-cropped hair male Marines are known for might be in danger as barbers across Okinawa have gone on strike, The Daily Caller News Foundation has learned.

Barber Shops across the tiny island of Okinawa have declared a strike, according to a recent Facebook photo showing a flier from a local base barber.

Marines on the tiny island confirmed to TheDCNF that barbers were on strike, and some had to resort barracks cuts.

“I had to get a barracks cut for the first time in years to get promoted,” a Marine on the base told TheDCNF.

A “barracks cut” is a term Marines use to describe hair cuts the war fighters give each other in the barracks. Seeing most Marines are not skilled barbers, barracks cuts are usually easily identified and their Marine recipients publicly mocked.

Base exchange barbers service the 19,000 Marines stationed on Okinawa as well as the airmen on Kadena Air Base and soldiers and sailors scattered around the island. The base barbers mostly cut hair for males Marines as male and female grooming standards differ.

A phone call to the base barber on Kadena went unreturned and the general line for the Kadena Main Exchange did not return request for comment. The main exchange for Okinawa also did not return request for comment.

Ryan Pickrell contributed to this report.

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