barbershop for every barber to see and read.
Barbershop instructions may vary slightly from
one ship to another; however, they all provide
instructions governing barbershop personnel,
equipment and spaces, and conduct of barbers.
These instructions must be approved by the supply
officer and the commanding officer.
Ships instructions set forth the hours the
barbershop will operate, including schedules for
officers, CPOS, and crew. These instructions also
include the type of scheduling whether it is by
appointment system or divisional schedule system.
The hours of operation and appointment schedule
should be posted on the door entering the
The medical officer prepares instructions,
using the Manual of Naval Preventive Medicine,
covering the sanitation of the barbershop and
personal hygiene. The instructions should be
signed by the senior medical officer aboard and
posted in the barbershop for all barbers to see.
If a medical officer is not attached, the
instructions will be prepared and signed by the
senior corpsman (HM) aboard.
The number of personnel working in the
barbershop varies from ship to ship. The Ships
Serviceman in charge of the barbershop is
responsible to the supply officer for satisfactory
operation of the shop.
The senior Ships Serviceman working in the
barbershop is normally the supervisor. The job
of the supervisor includes obtaining supplies,
making sure quality service is provided, and
maintaining security within the barbershop. The
main duty of the supervisor is to make sure other
barbers are using proper barbering techniques.
The supervisor should make sure the barbershop
is run in a businesslike manner and emphasize
courtesy and military etiquette at all times.
Emphasis should be placed on the policy
concerning accepting tips for services as this is
Although the supervisor is responsible for
getting supplies, all barbers should make sure they
have all the required tools for cutting hair, such
as combs, shears, clipper blades, and so forth. If
you are running short on one particular supply,
let the supervisor know so it may be ordered.
Security of the barbershop is also important.
The supervisor should be the last to leave the shop
and should make sure it is secured properly at the
end of the workday. Since the barbershop is a
Group IV space, the keys should be handled as
outlined in chapter 1 of this manual.
Good Barber Ethics
Good ethical conduct deals with the rules and
standards for conduct and practice in the barber-
shop. The way barbers treat their customers
builds a good relationship between the barbershop
and the ship. These good ethics include the
Opening the barbershop on time
Giving courteous and friendly service
Showing no favoritism between customers
Showing respect for feelings and rights of
Fulfilling your duties to the best of your
Setting examples of good conduct and
Being loyal to other barbers
Practicing good sanitary techniques
Having good personal hygiene and
Using correct military courtesy when
answering the telephone
Listening attentively to customers
Talking intelligently about your work
Posting a No Smoking sign in the barber-
Poor Barber Ethics
Poor ethics also deal with the way barbers
treat their customers, but poor ethical conduct can