RAuxAF Beard Question!

#1
Quick query,
Is it acceptable to have a beard in the RAuxAF (gunner), or would you have to be clean shaven.
I notice a lot of the guys have full beards on ops, just wondering if it is a tolerated exception due to cultural significance in some of the communties there, or if you can have one anyway.

I seem to recall that the navy was the only service you were allowed to have a beard, but maybe this has changed?

Prior to the 'phone your PSI' replies, I will, but it won't be until next week and I'm an impatient bastard! :lol: :D
 
#2
scottishcammy said:
Quick query,
Is it acceptable to have a beard in the RAuxAF (gunner), or would you have to be clean shaven.
I notice a lot of the guys have full beards on ops, just wondering if it is a tolerated exception due to cultural significance in some of the communties there, or if you can have one anyway.

I seem to recall that the navy was the only service you were allowed to have a beard, but maybe this has changed?

Prior to the 'phone your PSI' replies, I will, but it won't be until next week and I'm an impatient fatherless! :lol: :D

You've been reading my blog haven't you?

T_T
 
#3
Tartan_Terrier said:
scottishcammy said:
Quick query,
Is it acceptable to have a beard in the RAuxAF (gunner), or would you have to be clean shaven.
I notice a lot of the guys have full beards on ops, just wondering if it is a tolerated exception due to cultural significance in some of the communties there, or if you can have one anyway.

I seem to recall that the navy was the only service you were allowed to have a beard, but maybe this has changed?

Prior to the 'phone your PSI' replies, I will, but it won't be until next week and I'm an impatient fatherless! :lol: :D

You've been reading my blog haven't you?

T_T

Negative mate, but I'll have a squiz now.
 
#4
Just read your blog mate, very good! I've been through the same thing myself. I've had a beard on and off for the last year or so. I'm luck in that it only takes maybe 12 days before it looks the part, so managed to grow it on nightshift with a few days off at the end.
I'm on A/L now and can't be arsed shaving, so thought I'd grow it back. Just wondering if it will be a problem with my chosen reserve job.
Can't say I've ever seen someone with a beret and a beard, unless he had an accordion!

By the way, I have two big grey patches either side of my chin, I rather like them as it gives the (false) outward impression I may have a measure of maturity....then I open my mouth...
 
#5
I've seen the beret and beard look a few times, mostly on reservists who've been recalled for training or exercises. It does look strange though.
 
#7
scottishcammy said:
I take it your mob don't have a problem with your beard?
Beards are no problem officially, there's still the possibility of CBRN training being more interesting than usual though.

I must confess that I shaved mine off a few days ago, I thought I'd better come clean as I don't want to be classed as a beard-walt.

Our local press officer was taking photos for the website, and I thought that the beard gave the wrong impression.......so off it came!

It may come back soon though......

Regards
T_T
 
#12
pft_in_minus_8 said:
one of our recruits turned up last week sporting a little ginger number on his top lip.......shame he got told top shave it off coz it was so funny!

we'd have probably got done for bullying though!!!!!!
A bus is a bus because it is a bus, everyone knows that it is a bus so no need to make it look more like a bus if that is possible.

A tawt is a tawt because HE is a tawt, everyone knows that HE is a tawt so know need for HIM to make HIMself look more like a tawt if that is possible.

Reason why it had to go.
 
#13
No beards.

I shave for training and let it be when at home. I popped onto the base to get some innoculations updated and the Boss was less than impressed.
I was in civvies, in my own time and not anywhere near the office. I suppose I could have argued the toss, but is it worth it?

They were in vogue for jollies to sunny climes for a while, but that seems to have been dropped now as I've not seen any recent pics of anything more than a few days stubble in the field.
 
#14
Infantry Assault Pioneer Colour Sergeants, the guys with the Axe are allowed a full beard, anyone serving in 3Royal Anglian in the 80's will remember C/Sgt L who always sported a beard. Also 16AA and 3 Commando personnel on Herrick wore beards a lot, wether this was a cultural issue or due to water resupply issues I know not!

Merlin
 
#15
i used to be a fastidious shaver, but a week-long walking trip - sans razor - changed my mind.

it hid some of my chins for a start...

personally i rather liked the Hersuite look as modelled by 16AA, with filthy kit, outragous sun-tans and mounds of dead Taliban in the background it was somewhat intimidating - and i was 4,000 miles away.

not so sure it looks too good in clean kit and a beret, one could almost mistake them for continentals of some type...
 
#16
we had a situation were a guy asked if he could keep his beard for cultural, not religious, reasons, he was given permission to keep it but warned that he may have to shave it off for CBRN, I can't wait for that to come around.
 
#17
wellyhead said:
we had a situation were a guy asked if he could keep his beard for cultural, not religious, reasons, he was given permission to keep it but warned that he may have to shave it off for CBRN, I can't wait for that to come around.
Bloody hell - so he has to shave as well as mask up in the 9 seconds? Good effort! Maybe just shaving the skin that seals against the resp would work..?
 
#18
merlin162 said:
Infantry Assault Pioneer Colour Sergeants, the guys with the Axe are allowed a full beard, anyone serving in 3Royal Anglian in the 80's will remember C/Sgt L who always sported a beard. Also 16AA and 3 Commando personnel on Herrick wore beards a lot, wether this was a cultural issue or due to water resupply issues I know not!

Merlin
Water resupply issues, methinks...surely the lobbing of javelins around the area would have undone any cultural gains from having beards! :twisted:
 
#19
The Colour boy or pioneer Sjt in the Assault pioneers is normally required to sport a beard, based around the fact that he used to be the one who lit the fires and sorted the hot water for rest of the blokes so hence he never shaved, mostly ceremonial (I'll stand corrected if I'm wrong)

Current operations are a bit of both water and also a cultural thing as a beard on a male in Afgan is a status symbol (again I'll stand corrected if I'm wrong)
 
#20
It all depends - in Afg it is de rigeur - regs or no regs - if you are going to be meeting locals as it is a sign of manhood - just don't grow the thing before you go.

Personally I think it is sh1te - when I was there the commander didn't have one and he had respect - so wtf do you want one for anyway...or why ask the question?
 
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