There are various reasons that men get crewcuts, but there seems to be a common factor: a crewcut signals transition and commitment. It means humility, curiosity, perseverance, and purpose. A crewcut means that a man has gotten serious about something, be it God or subsuming his ego to become a member of a football team. I once saw Mark Hamill in an interview say that he felt that Luke Skywalker, his iconic character in should have come back in the third film with a crewcut–a signal that he was no longer a whiny adolescent but a scarred bad-ass who was ready to die for a cause. George Lucas, wrong as usual, nixed the idea.After I got out of the military, I let my hair grow for a while, to see how I'd like it, and I didn't like it a bit. So, I went back to a crewcut ten years ago, and for me, it simply means that I'm no longer willing to worry about the style of my hair. It's a whole lot easier to get in the barber's chair and tell him "Put a number two guard on the clippers and run all over my head. Clip the hair out of my ears, and do something with my eyebrows." Barbers understand instructions like that, and every man needs a barber shop. Not a salon, or a beauty shop, but a good old fashioned barber shop, where there are hunting magazines on the table and old farts like me waiting in line.
The simple fact fo the matter is that a crewcut is simple to wear. I no longer own a comb, nor for that matter do I own shampoo. My hair gets washed with the same soap that washes the rest of my body. Without going into too many details, I start at the top and work to the bottom. I like a Number 2, which uses the number 2 guard, and if you get into the barber's chair and tell the barber "Give me a Number 2." If they don't know what that means, get up and leave immediately. Any good barber will know a #2 and will be pleased to cut it, because it's very easy, and quick.
I don't know about my crewcut signaling perseverance, commitment, humility or any of that other bullshit, I simply know that it's easy and it's simple. That's all a haircut should be. Which reminds me, it's the first week of the month, it's about time to get to the barber shop.