Chem-Bio Threats Still Overrule Army Beards

Chem-Bio Threats Still Overrule Army Beards Image
August 10, 2017 | Source: Kit Up!,, 13 February 2017, Matthew Cox

As many of you have heard, soldiers in today’s Army can wear beards for reasons of religious freedom. But that doesn’t mean they don’t have to keep a razor at the ready if the threat of chemical and biological agents arises.

In January, the Army granted brigade level commanders the authority to grant soldiers religious accommodation requests requiring a waiver for uniform wear and grooming practices such as wearing a hijab, wearing a beard and wearing a turban or under-turban/patka, with uncut beard and uncut hair.

...But as anyone who has ever worn a protective mask knows – they don’t work right unless they are sealed against your skin – something facial hair will prevent.