Rules on shaving !?

Right , I'm expecting some stick for this one so don't hold back lol

I come from a mixed irish / English / Indian background , my father being a indian and my mum half Irish / half English decent. Up until now I have always kept a clean trimmed bit of facial hair (4-5mm) in respect for my dads religion. I am In no way religious but would like to keep the facial hair for the said reasons that in respect for my dads religion I'm expected to keep a degree of facial hair.Do I have the option or do I have no choice ?
Whats the relevance of your exotic background apart from ticking some HR diversity boxes ?

You will shave every day just like everybody else . Only civvies can get away with a few days stubble because its the only way some of the poor cnuts have to look manly .
You don't mention wether you're male or female.


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Which one's you then?


Sikhs in Britain's armed forces are allowed a beard. This must be a full beard, and not designer stubble, a goatee or some other hippy shit. However, if serving on a operational tour where there is an NBC threat, then the beard comes off as it will be impossible to maintain a seal with your respirator on.

Please remember that at the time of the gurus writing the Sikh scriptures, there was no NBC threat as India's wars were fought with swords and spears. But if Guru Nanak were alive now, I'm sure he'd understand.

You are allowed a tache once you've completed basic training, and you can grow a beard on leave.
However I do occasionally go to the temple with my dad
Gurdwara presumably?

If you declare your religion as Sikhism, you should have no problem keeping the beard. The quid pro quo would be that you will presumably be growing your hair long in Sikh style, with turban, patka etc. Designer stubble however would be a no-no. It's one or the other.
There was a Sikh in my first unit. A legend, from Leicester, I think he might still be in.

They convinced a dull crow that he was excused shaving as he was infact a female with a hormone issue.

The infantry was such fun...
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