It's always been a little bit of a grey area around whether facial hair, either a beard or a moustache is allowed in the British Army. In the same way that the argument about whether beards are allowed in sports such as boxing has differed over the years, the same applies to beards in the British Army.
Got an itchy beard? Maybe a rash or bumps under your beard? Don't worry, I feel your pain! Beard related issues almost always cause you to have an itchy beard or some kind of annoying irritation.
Yes, that's right! Beard Terminology is a thing. Growing a beard is a simple thing. It's natural and a beautiful thing, but getting the terminology nailed is key if you want to get the most out of your beard. I mean if you're looking to join the community, then you got to speak the language!
I remember when I started looking at growing a beard I would ask people for advice, and they would reel off these terms that sounded alien to me. People would make comments like:
"You going for your yeard mate?" or "Nice bum fluff geezer".
What do all these mean?!
So you have just booked your holiday to Cancun and you're all ready to go. You try to remember where you put your damn passport (It's almost always never where you THINK you last put it). After a few hours of turning your house upside down, you finally find your passport. You take a quick look at it and realise that you look completely different. You know your passport photo is old, maybe 5, 6 or even 9 years old! What's different?
You have grown a frickin' big beard!
Panick is now setting in! You'll start asking yourself questions like "Can I have a beard in a passport photo?", or "Do I need to change my passport if I grow a beard?".
Let's find out...
I was down the pub in a few weeks ago a few mates and something interesting came up in conversation. One of my mates asked me if my beard would take a punch to the face. At the time we laughed it off and carried on downing pints. The next day, I was telling my wife about our ridiculous conversation the night before, and I got to thinking. Can beards cushion blows to the face?
Hmm... Time for an article.
So this is an interesting question. Can a beard give you some kind of advantage when it comes to absorbing or taking one on the chin? After a quick Google Search, I discovered a number of forum posts and questions being asked, ranging from general curiosity to people wanted to take up boxing.