US ARMY: Beard Exception.
I figure that once you sign on that dotted line you have decided that you are willing to conform to all set standards. Why are some men allowed to have beards just because of their religious principles and others are not? Is it truly fair? I think not. The Orthodox Jews are being denied their right to have beards. Heck, the rest of the males in the US ARMY aren't allowed to grow beards either.
Do they even realize that if they have a beard the gas mask isn't going to get a tight seal? Or how about the flammability of the beard? Years ago when my husband had a beard, it was quite long over the winter, he was trying to get his truck started and the flash from the starter fluid spray can actually caught a small bit of his beard singeing it. It could have been a lot worse. What happens to these bearded army men when they get caught in a fire? I've seen photos of what burnt skin and hair looks like on the face. Its not pretty.
I wonder if they even thought about the hygienic issues in maintaining a beard. I mean seriously food does get caught in the beard. As the face sweats the bacteria will grow on the hair and if not kept clean it could be a real issue.
I really don't like the thought of a beard on an Army guy. Okay a five o'clock shadow is sexy but a full beard in uniform just looks so unprofessional.
This is my opinion. Please feel free to share with me what you think as well.