When you work out in the middle of nowhere, oft times down a dusty gravel/caliche road, it's sometimes hard to keep up appearances. All of us are guilty (including me) of looking a little disheveled now and again. Some guard companies have addressed this by issuing and requiring uniforms or setting certain personal appearance standards. Vests are a universal requirement, both for safety and appearance. As the winter Texans roll in and the number of gate opportunities dwindle, it behooves all of us to take a little personal inventory. If it helps, imagine you're a person going through a gate and encountering a gate guard. Does your appearance engender an aura of authority and professionalism? After dealing with hundreds of oil field workers of all types and appearances it is easy to fall into a sense of complacency. You should NEVER forget that you are also a security guard and that you have a responsibility to protect life and property under your charge. Look, I'm not your parent (nor do I wish to be LOL), but it is apparent some of you need a wake up call. It never hurts to take a little pride in your appearance. It might even improve your attitude and serve to jerk you out of the doldrums that come over all of us at one time or another. You might be surprised how much a difference it makes when it comes to both placement and longevity with a gate guard company.