The Leg Shaving Suite
(Documentation is from the Department of Defense Inspector General report, February 1993)



The Gauntlet
Pool/Patio Area
VAW-110
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CARRIER AIRBORNE EARLY WARNING SQUADRON ONE HUNDRED TEN (VAW-110)
NAVAL AIR STATION MIRAMAR, SAN DIEGO, CA
Hilton Suite Number: 303
Commanding Officer: CDR Christopher John Remshak, USN (attended Tailhook '91)
Executive Officer: (did not attend Tailhook '91)
Contributing Squadrons: VAW-120, VAW-114, VRC-30, CAEWWS
Squadron Members Attending: Approximately 50 from VAW-110 and an undetermined number from the contributing squadrons
Suite Financing: Contributions from squadron wardroom funds totaling approximately $3,200
Hours of Operation: Thursday, 3:00 p.m. to Friday, 2:00 a.m.; Friday, 3:00p.m. to Saturday, 2:00 a.m.; Saturday, 9:00 a.m. to Sunday, 2:00 a.m.
Type of Alcohol Served: Beer, and Mixed Drinks
Total Cost of Alcohol: $900
Total Cost of Suite Damage: $1,316
Leg ShaveLeg Shave The VAW-110 suite's feature attraction was the "leg shaving booth."
Using hot towels and baby oil, two squadron members at a time would shave the legs, and in some cases the pubic areas, of female volunteers. Each shave would take 30 to 45 minutes and would include massaging. A large banner reading "Free Leg Shaves!" hung from the sliding glass door, which permitted onlookers from the pool area to watch. Other activities were observed during leg shaving. For example, officers from the VR-57 suite reportedly licked legs to ensure "quality control."
Other reports included nudity, and instances where women exposed their breasts during leg shaving or wore only underwear during the procedure. Some pulled up their shorts or underwear during "bikini area" shaves.
No participants claimed to have been forced, but one female Navy officer and another woman reported being badgered into taking part.

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