The Most Important Beards in U.S. Military History

The military community has seen various comebacks through history, and they can resist all it wants but not beards. Today, the U.S. Special Operations Forces had popularized beards to that point that almost every operator is bearded during deployment, but still, for the regular soldiers, it is forbidden.

The Official Journal of the Human Behavior and Evolution Society even conducted a study to explore how individuals with (or without) facial hair are seen by others. Women rated men with facial hair as more attractive and appearing healthier than those who were clean-shaven — and now male service members want major change.

Today’s male soldiers, however, are just going to have to rely on the uniform to gain an edge over civilians — since the appearance of the gas mask, the beard has been strictly regulated by the military. There are certain exceptions, however, such as a new regulation that will allow service members to wear a beard for religious reasons or operations where a beard could help service members blend in better with the local population (for example in Afghanistan).

The Navy does not allow mustaches alone but does allow full-set beards. Mustaches but not beards are permitted in the Army and Air Force. However, members of the Commando and Special Forces regiments are allowed to wear beards if based outside their home camps.

But until the U.S. military embraces the beard, it’ll remain a rare sight on our warriors. All the more reason to admire the best military beards in history so far.

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