I met HRH the Duke of Kent at Thiepval for the 75th anniversary remembrance of the Somme offensive in 1991. He was in his Field Marshal's uniform, with beard. And he looked just like King George V did when the Thiepval Memorial was unveiled in 1920. The protocol has always been that royals are entitled to wear beards with Army uniform. It saddens me that in these present times, and in remembrance of our recent past, people can find no better outlet for their indignation than a tradition that has been established for more than a century.
I note the above and wish to know what religion I need to subscribe to in order to have my own bear. In addition, which species are consider smarter? I quite fancy the idea of having my own one. Is there a JSP that would cover the accommodation, feed etc?
I wonder if there really is an issue with beard-equipment interface or is it merely a convenient excuse? Quite a few of our European allies seem not to have issues with bearded soldiers. I'd be interested to see if/when tests were last carried out to determine the effect of facial hair and respirators or other equipment, also, don't the Andrew use respirators?
There was a letter in Soldier magazine last year iirc on the subject of beards which some brigadier replied to, airily implying that it would be too much bother to determine an appearance standard for beards.
No-one? Really? OK then, I guess it's down to me..
Note the pristine combats, the washing and ironing of which must have used up all the water and electricity available in the isolated FOB, otherwise surely a shave would have followed before his return home...