This has been boiling my blood for a while now. Had my MYR a little while ago, and was told that i should "conduct myself better outside of the work environment". Now i have never been banned for drink driving, don't get into fights with random people, or do any of the other social hand grenade stuff that others often let themselves down for. So i was suitably confused when this was told to me, and naturally i questioned it and asked for an example of what i had done wrong. The answer was - "Well, the Coy 2IC saw you in one of the local pubs, and you appeared scruffy and unshaven" I remembered the event straight away - i was on leave at the time, and was proudly sporting about a week and a halfs worth of facial growth. I saw the 2IC when he came to the bar to order (i was propping the bar up reading the paper at the time), had a quick civilised chat -how you doing blah blah, even offered to buy him a pint which he declined as he was in a round with his family + friends out with him that afternoon. Wished me well, thanked me for a job well done on a recent excercise, and toddled off. I had a couple more beers, chinwag with a few local mates, and left. When this "horrific incident" then reared its head i was gobsmacked to say the least. Why should i be marked down just because i often choose not to shave every day during leave? PERSEC springs to mind for a start, not looking like a squaddie every single day. Granted, most of the locals know what and who we are, but a bit of growth now and then helps us blend in a bit more. If i had gone into camp sporting it, i would have expected someone to come down on me. But on leave? In the pub? Do me a favour. What next? Telling me i have no regard for Equipment Care because i haven't washed my car for over 2 months?