A sharp line delineates the boundary between the close-cut sides and back and the longer top portion, referring to the "tight" part of its name.
The crown of the head is spared the closest shaving to safely accommodate the weight of a combat helmet. Sometimes the back and sides of the head are shaved completely with a razor.
A tapered appearance is one that when viewed from any angle outlines the member's hair so that it conforms to the shape of the head, curving inward to the natural termination point without eccentric directional flow, twists or spiking".
From the s and to date, the hairstyle has also been popular among Middle Eastern youth, namely those of Lebanese and Assyrian descent.
In Indonesia[ edit ] The "High and tight" haircut is known as Cepak pronounced "Cheu-pak" in Indonesian worn by all military personnel in Indonesia and some police personnel, particularly those serving in paramilitary units. The national identity of an Armed Forces man in Indonesia is by having this haircut. Students of other service academies in the country also wear this haircut.
Officers of general ranks rarely wear this haircut but some still manage this haircut such as Ministry of Defense Ryamizard Ryacudu. An airman with a "recon" style haircut Horseshoe flattop In this dating a shorter guy haircut of the high and tight, the top of the head is clipped in a flattop style, with the hair short enough that the scalp is plainly visible along the centerline of the anteroposterior axis of the head.
This creates the distinctive appearance of seemingly having a horseshoe-shaped hairstyle.
The exposed scalp is sometimes referred to as a "landing strip". Recon This version has higher boundaries, with the only hair present starting well above the crown of the head. The "recon" can also be cut short on the top to incorporate the look of the horseshoe flattop.