Monday, June 19, 2017

Beards and (Military) Berets

Beards and Berets (with or without pipe) is a natural combination, but servicemen with beret and beard... A very rare occasion.
Somehow, the military (of most Western countries at least), collectively suffers from pogonophobia (the phobic fear of beards).
Typical exceptions were made for personnel of submarines (daily shaving in the confined space of a submarine is no sinecure), chaplains and... Chasseurs Alpins/Ardennais.
The fact that these regiments get away with wearing Basque berets (versus the military "naked" style beret) reflects a more humane attitude towards facial hair too. 

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