What's your take on a firefighter having a mohawk haircut? Does it matter? Why or why not?
While at FDIC, many instructors weighed in on the importance of our appearance. Most of it surrounded the topic of the generation gap (Baby Boomers-Millennials). The newest generation (Millennial Generation) was cited by one instructor as being disrespectful and lazy. He went on to say "They can't even change a spare tire."
Another instructor pushed back on this saying we (Baby Boomers & Generation X'ers) need to bridge the gap, teach fire service history, and use the strengths of the newest generation. Strengths included the use of technology, knowing where to find the information--not necessarily "knowing it all."
The day before FDIC, while competing in a Tough Mudder, I got a mohawk for a $5 donation to the Wounded Warrior Project. Knowing I was going to FDIC, I decided to keep it with the intent on recording the responses of fellow firefighters and shaving it off before my next shift.
What do you think about haircuts? Are some acceptable and others are not? Who decides? Is a mohawk any different than tattoos or being overweight? Help me out here...