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    British Army Reviews Ban on Beards and Long Hair

    The Army is reviewing the ban on beards amid fears the rule is putting off a younger generation of potential recruits.Whilst some facial hair is allowed on the grounds of religion or for medical reasons, the army has routinely not permitted the wearing of beards, except for certain ceremonial or traditional posts.The move has been revealed in a letter to the service magazine Soldier. Captain Dave Somerville, an Officer in the Royal Engineers, warned that young fashion-conscious men might be put off joining.“We are an organisation that needs to recruit and putting up artificial barriers because of an inability to change isn’t what we are about,” he said. “While attending a recent recruiting event I couldn’t help but notice that a large percentage of the potential soldiers were sporting facial hair. It made me wonder how many of them were put off joining up because they can’t have a beard.”
    Read full story here: https://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/201...er-generation/


    It is just weeks since the Army signalled that it is considering relaxing its ban on beards to prevent putting off potential recruits.Now military top brass are looking at easing prohibitions on male soldiers sporting long hair and earrings. They could also change the rules on tattoos on troops' necks and hands.A senior officer has confirmed that the Army is reviewing its rules on hairstyles, jewellery and tattoos so that soldiers are treated the same regardless of gender, race or religion.

    Read full story on https://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/art...d-tattoos.html

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    Jewels and watches always have to be removed for army training.
    (It doesn't matter how old the song is, I won't stop liking it).

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    Quote Originally Posted by Fire spirit View Post
    Jewels and watches always have to be removed for army training.
    I don't forget anything.

    I had to turn-in all of my civilian possessions at the reception center when I reported to the Ft. Sill school of field artillery in Oklahoma for three months of intensive training. No beards. And my head of thick wavy brown hair was practically shaved off.

    I was provided with OD fatigues, web gear, khaki uniforms, and Class A dress uniforms, along with black oxford shoes and two pairs of black leather combat boots that I learned to spit polish to a mirror finish to keep from being literally terrorized by the old-school DIs that ruthlessly transformed civilian men into combat ready soldiers. Yes, they beat the hell out of those who even thought about defying them, which my papa told me never to do. And I never did.

    I was so scared at first, I literally cried myself to sleep during the first two hell weeks. Yet, my senior drill sergeant later informed me that I was the most competent trainee of the cycle and I received my first promotion.

    Before leaving for Ft. Lewis, Washington after training I was already up for my second promotion and was told I would be attending NCO school by my battery commander. I was also assigned to clerical duties under a 2nd lieutenant in charge of servicing firing batteries in the field.

    I also attended NBC training classes. Most people have no idea how deadly some of these agents and diseases really are. Forget radiation poisoning. It doesn't even come close to comparing with the horrors of the biological and chemical contaminants that can be released on military as well as civilian populations.

    God, I was one lonely, and depressed young man throughout my tour that could get so damned boring at times.

    I spent some of my free time climbing in the Cascade mountain range where I observed so many wonderful forms of wildlife, which helped with the pain of feeling so isolated.

    Yeah, I made the mistake of falling for a little blonde ROTC cadet I was assigned to help train. Stupid of me. There is no future in such a relationship. The uniform code of military justice prohibits fraternization between commissioned officers and enlisted personnel. And once she graduated, her first assignment was in Germany. So we only ended-up in a world of emotional pain. I, at least, should have known better because my papa warned me about this too.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Gareth Lee Hunter View Post
    I don't forget anything.

    I had to turn-in all of my civilian possessions at the reception center when I reported to the Ft. Sill school of field artillery in Oklahoma for three months of intensive training. No beards. And my head of thick wavy brown hair was practically shaved off.

    I was provided with OD fatigues, web gear, khaki uniforms, and Class A dress uniforms, along with black oxford shoes and two pairs of black leather combat boots that I learned to spit polish to a mirror finish to keep from being literally terrorized by the old-school DIs that ruthlessly transformed civilian men into combat ready soldiers. Yes, they beat the hell out of those who even thought about defying them, which my papa told me never to do. And I never did.

    I was so scared at first, I literally cried myself to sleep during the first two hell weeks. Yet, my senior drill sergeant later informed me that I was the most competent trainee of the cycle and I received my first promotion.

    Before leaving for Ft. Lewis, Washington after training I was already up for my second promotion and was told I would be attending NCO school by my battery commander. I was also assigned to clerical duties under a 2nd lieutenant in charge of servicing firing batteries in the field.

    I also attended NBC training classes. Most people have no idea how deadly some of these agents and diseases really are. Forget radiation poisoning. It doesn't even come close to comparing with the horrors of the biological and chemical contaminants that can be released on military as well as civilian populations.

    God, I was one lonely, and depressed young man throughout my tour that could get so damned boring at times.

    I spent some of my free time climbing in the Cascade mountain range where I observed so many wonderful forms of wildlife, which helped with the pain of feeling so isolated.

    Yeah, I made the mistake of falling for a little blonde ROTC cadet I was assigned to help train. Stupid of me. There is no future in such a relationship. The uniform code of military justice prohibits fraternization between commissioned officers and enlisted personnel. And once she graduated, her first assignment was in Germany. So we only ended-up in a world of emotional pain. I, at least, should have known better because my papa warned me about this too.
    Sounds like an awesome experience you had there. The army is a strange place to be in as it's very strict, yet it can open doors. It build physical fitness, confidence and then destroys social anxiety too.

    Once I accidently lost someone's ring before training. I still feel terrible about this and so I'm not in favour of earings, necklaces, and other valuables in the army.
    (It doesn't matter how old the song is, I won't stop liking it).

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    Quote Originally Posted by Gareth Lee Hunter View Post
    Yeah, I made the mistake of falling for a little blonde ROTC cadet I was assigned to help train. Stupid of me. There is no future in such a relationship. The uniform code of military justice prohibits fraternization between commissioned officers and enlisted personnel. And once she graduated, her first assignment was in Germany. So we only ended-up in a world of emotional pain. I, at least, should have known better because my papa warned me about this too.
    I never knew about this until I read it here, Gareth.
    Not all in life is at it appears to be.

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