> "peak Beard"? Post 9/11 Facial Hair
Todd Simpson
post Jun 8 2019, 09:44 PM
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It seems that we are nearing "PEAK BEARD" here in Amurica. It started with Special Forces operators given the right to wear facial hair to gain the trust of locals in the middle east. It's filtered down to every dude in the states. Great article about it. What do you guys think?

https://newrepublic.com/article/154033/amer...e=pocket-newtab
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Mertay
post Jun 11 2019, 06:05 PM
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Not allowed here in Turkey, there are some various reasons to my knowledge;

-Some shape/cuts can be adopted as political symbolism
-Can't be taken care (hygiene) of on missions up to 2 weeks or more on mountains.
-Its one of those things that help him belonging to the army psychology on the long run. Shaving daily is a small part of it but since all buddies are shaved with similar hair-cut, keeps the brotherhood thing better.


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post Jun 11 2019, 06:37 PM
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QUOTE (Mertay @ Jun 11 2019, 06:05 PM) *
Not allowed here in Turkey, there are some various reasons to my knowledge;

-Some shape/cuts can be adopted as political symbolism
-Can't be taken care (hygiene) of on missions up to 2 weeks or more on mountains.
-Its one of those things that help him belonging to the army psychology on the long run. Shaving daily is a small part of it but since all buddies are shaved with similar hair-cut, keeps the brotherhood thing better.

I overdid thinking about it. I thought the psychological trick was this: if everyone looks as similar as possible, it is easier to come to terms with their death if that happens on a battlefield because soldier X was one of many. Having distinguishable features strengthens one's diversity and identity and it's probably much harder to say goodbye in such case. I didn't imagine such small things would help to develop bonds.


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post Jun 15 2019, 05:05 AM
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In the states, it is just about being able to wear a gas mask properly or so they say. Also, i'm sure it helps with morale and discipline to have everyone shave every day and sorta look the same wink.gif

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I overdid thinking about it. I thought the psychological trick was this: if everyone looks as similar as possible, it is easier to come to terms with their death if that happens on a battlefield because soldier X was one of many. Having distinguishable features strengthens one's diversity and identity and it's probably much harder to say goodbye in such case. I didn't imagine such small things would help to develop bonds.
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