When mustaches attack!


Sgt. Abel Graciano, supply administration chief for Headquarters and Service Company, 1st Marine Logistics Group, based at Camp Leatherneck, Afghanistan. (Photo by Cpl. Shannon McMillan/Marine Corps)

Unless you’re a comic-book villain or stuck in the 1980s, you’re probably aware that mustaches get a bum rap in the 21st century.

They inspire accusatory T-shirts. They receive frequenty mockery, even when worn by movie stars. Things have become so bad for mustaches, The American Mustache Institute was founded (ironically, I think) to “fighting discrimination against mustached Americans.”

This doesn’t scare away Marines, though. As this story out of Camp Leatherneck, Afghanistan, points out, they are an active participant in “Movember,” the month-long campaign to promote prostate cancer awareness by growing a fearsome ‘stache.

For perspective’s sake, it’s worth pointing out that Marine Corps Times and the Military Times newspaper chain is in on the mustache action this month, too. Here’s our mustache team. I can say with 100 percent certainty that the last three weeks have been even more creepy in person.


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I'm a senior writer with Marine Corps Times, covering ground warfare, manpower, weapons acquisition and other beats. I embedded in Afghanistan in spring 2010, and plan to return at least once in 2011.

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