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Army beards

4everAD

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So now the Army have given permission for soldiers to grow beards does the RAF have to change it's policy?
Soldiers can grow beards on leave without permission yet we have to ask permission and are on probation for 2 weeks to see if they meet the standard, is it time for all 3 services to now have a standard policy in KRs? It seems crazy to have 3 separate set of rules for the same thing.
 

busby1971

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not in but single service identity is important, and I”m sure the army bods wouldn’t freely adopt RAF or Navy ways out of hand.
 

Deltaitem

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I noticed there were lots of beards going on in Afghanistan on ops. Will the current respirators still work if you're all bearded up?
 

4everAD

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If the BBC is correct the RAF have allowed beards since 2019.


I'm very much aware the RAF has had beards for some time now! What I'm saying is the 2 policies don't match up. We have to have beards approved/registered before growing them whereas the Army can just rock up after leave with a beard.
 

Talk Wrench

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Does anyone remember the days where not being able to shave (skin issues) led to medical downgrade and subsequent loss of promotion?

I think the only person I ever knew (of) who had a full beard was Elmer Fudd at Wittering.

As for the Army, I think it's a backwards step considering their modes of training with regard to CBRN. I'm also of the opinion that it was a backwards step for the RAF but that's just my own opinion.
 

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So now the Army have given permission for soldiers to grow beards does the RAF have to change it's policy?
Soldiers can grow beards on leave without permission yet we have to ask permission and are on probation for 2 weeks to see if they meet the standard, is it time for all 3 services to now have a standard policy in KRs? It seems crazy to have 3 separate set of rules for the same thing.
So if not in KR's where is the guidelines, surely not at SSO or SRO level.
 

Talk Wrench

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Except it isn't and the world didn't end.


Just my opinion, nothing more! I did make that expressly clear and others can disagree as they wish as you have done.

My lad served and had a beard because he couldn't be bothered with shaving. His preference and within the rules but do you think that made me think he was a bad Airman for doing so? Absolutely not.
 

Spearmint

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I do like one of the comments on FYB about Pongos fianlly (after much twisting of tits) being allowed beards.

'I take it we aren't getting a Pay Rise this year then?'
 

Dan_Brown

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I agree we need to do something about recruiting, but dropping standards isn't one of them.

Tats, Beards, vetting, pass mark standards etc - short term gain, but what is the long term effect going to be?

Tats like this throbber i mean:
 

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Deltaitem

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I've felt prompted to do a bit of research on this. Well, as far as wiki-schmiki anyway. Seems that there are many and varied rules around the world, and in times gone by, beards were allowed, and then banned in the British Army.
Facial hair in the military
Personally, I'd be more worried about the underfunding/hollowing out of the military affecting standards, than any of this beard stuff, although wider world events might cause that to change pretty drastically in the near future.
 
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Tin basher

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In these days of drone warfare, mission capable UAV's, long range missiles, GPS locators, etc I think having or not having a beard is the least of your frontline worries. On the ground the speed the round leaves the weapon is not altered by age, size, gender or the user pulling the trigger having a beard. Storm / teacup
 
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It hasn't made any real difference to the way the RAF works so can't see the Army having any issues that aren't self inflicted by the RSM's etc.

The GSR is designed to handle a few days of growth and we shave before testing or on entering a CBRN threat state so can't see that as an issue either. How much training in face wellies do the Army actually do? having said that I wouldn't be surprised if the amount of training is about to rocket just to justify shaving :ROFLMAO:

Beards might only be a small issue but the big problems are going to take years and a shed load of cash to fix so if growing a beard helps with recruitment and retention in even a small way then its an easy win
 
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