I think the last thing you need out there is a shave, plus I believe a lot of the locals traditionally have beards/tash so it would be a hearts and minds thing.
Most of the footage coming out of there has most sporting the best part of 1 months stubble.
Very well put. I must admit i know alot of what the army does for home welfare whilst we are away is pointed at next of kin but the poor old mums don't really get any support. They are the ones it without doubt affects the most. Sure wives and girlfriends get upset and miss you put they haven't known you and looked after you since you were born. I'd like to see better support for "families" Not just wives!
When working with the ANA, ANP we were encouraged to grow beards as a mark of respect. I personaly didn't grow a beard, I just resembled a down and out as I have no respect for anyone of the muslim faith.