Armed Forces News

The Navy is doing away with beards altogether. No longer will sailors be granted permanent no-shave chits, which had been given for medical reasons. In a story published by Defense and Aerospace Report, service leaders based their decision on numerous studies that show beards pose “significant safety hazards.” They specifically cited how sailors with beards could not wear breathing apparatus used in firefighting, because the presence of facial hair hindered a proper seal of mask to face. Sailors who are subject to a condition called pseudofolliculitis barbae — roughly 6,000 in number, according to the published story — had been given permission to wear beards. Now that they cannot, the service plans to address treating the condition.