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Old November 9th, 2012, 09:03 AM   #21

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In the Australian armed forces the navy can wear full beards, but not moustaches alone. the army and air force can wear moustaches but not beards, although I believe that engineer sergeants in the army by wear a beard, but very few do.

In the navy beards must not be so long as to interfere with the wearing of protective equipment, and on deployment to a war zone are usually odered to be shaved off.
It's the same for the British Armed Forces, with these variations -
You can have a beard in the Navy but if the Captain of the ship has one, yours must not be bigger.
You can have a beard in the army and RAF for medical reasons (i.e. barbers itch, ingrowing hair) but only for a set time.
Pioneer sergeants could wear them, but I don't think any do.
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Old November 9th, 2012, 12:28 PM   #22
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I served in the Argyll and Sutherland Highlanders and at one point there were three soldiers with beards -

1. Pioneer Sergeant - Obligatory
2. Pipe Major - Optional
3. Commanding Officer's Personal Piper - Obligatory

Beards were also allowed for Pipe Majors of the Royal Highland Fusiliers, although I think they were optional as well.

There was at one point a fashion in the Argyll's Regimental Police for the Provost Sergeant and the Provost Corporal to have half-sets.

As for wearing a respirator with a beard, yes it does break the seal, however, this can be overcome by putting vaseline on the bits where the mask seals.
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Let's not forget lice as well. In the past most beards were of the bushy styles, not today's 3-day/1-week beard etc.
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Old November 9th, 2012, 01:55 PM   #25

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I was in the U.S. Marines, and beards have been banned there for decades. I believe the U.S. Navy was the last branch of the service here that allowed beards...up through the 1970's I think. I pretty much think beards went by the wayside because of the gas mask.
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The Silent Service is notorious for their beards.
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Old November 10th, 2012, 02:12 AM   #29

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Have not read the whole thread so not sure if I'm repeating someone. Alexander shaved his beard as he said it stopped men grabbing the beard in battle.
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I always imagined beard would be troublesome in that regard, especially during the eras where close quarter fighting occurred frequently, yet beards seem common during these periods
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