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Man who had been growing his hair out for 15 years chopped it all off so he could join the Army

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Reynaldo Arroyo

SALT LAKE CITY — Super long hair, or serving his country? Reynaldo Arroyo chose the latter.

The 23-year-old has been growing his hair out for 15 years, but on Thursday, Aug. 15, he decided to go for the big chop so he could enlist in the Army.

“I’m just really excited to be enlisting,” he said in a video posted to the Salt Lake City Army Recruiting Battalion Facebook page.

Arroyo donated the hair to Locks of Love, a nonprofit that takes hair donations and makes wigs for children experiencing hair loss from cancer treatments or alopecia areata, an autoimmune disease that leads to sudden hair loss.

“Hopefully some little girl’s gonna get it,” he said.

Arroyo enlisted in the Army as an infantryman.

The Army has strict hair standards, which all soldiers are required to follow. For men, hair must have a “tapered appearance,” where the “outline of the soldier’s hair conforms to the shape of the head,” and curves inward at the base of the neck. Basically, it has to be short — not falling over soldiers’ ears or eyebrows, or touching the collar.

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