Reynaldo Arroyo (U.S. Army)

A 23-year-old California native received his first haircut in 15 years to enlist in the U.S. Army.

U.S. Army Pvt. Reynaldo Arroyo of Riverside donated 150 inches of hair to Locks of Love and enlisted in the Army as an infantryman on Thursday.

"I'm just really excited to be enlisting in the U.S. Army," Arroyo said in a Facebook video. "Hopefully, some lucky little girl's going to get it."

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