Slightly off thread but the "Ops beard/goatee" appears to have the same effect with my sunray.. scorn, derision and then just general abuse from her... dont know why.. Its my fizzer and its not like shes got to anywhere near it for several weeks at a time...
Edit - Just in case.. not serving any longer.. but still in a sandy place for weeks on end.
Mine went about 1995, first grew it whilst in Londonderry back in 1985. Still shudder at the memory of one of my mates wiping knob cheese on it whilst on exercise in Portugal (you dirty bast*rd Bomber).
Grew mine in 1976 (rather wispy but passed CSM's inspection so I was allowed to keep it), matured it into the SF mexican style in the mid 80's and went back to a neatly trimmed tache in the 90's until I retired from wearing DPM.
I tried the full set but ended up looking like a refugee from a u-boat. Now settled on the goatee a la Robert de Niro in the film Heat:
Mine's a bit greyer though and matches the hair these days...Mrs Rodney2q like it though
shaved mine off in 1991 - took ten years off me! I grew mine when I was a young officer because I felt it gave me an air of authority. Looking at piccies from then I suspect it actually conferred an air of "Wahat a t0sser" on me instead. Didn't help being red as a fox.