The RAF has allowed beards for the first time
The RAF has a new rule which will take effect as of the 1st of September, which will allow members to have or grow "a smart, neatly-trimmed, full set beard". Although airmen are allowed moustaches, the RAF has insisted members will still have to maintain "high standards of appearance".
WHAT IS THE RAF?
The RAF (Royal Air Force) is the UK's aerial warfare force. Formed towards the end of the First World War, it is the oldest independent air force in the world. Following victory over the Central Powers, the RAF emerged as the largest air force in the world.
Why were the beards banned?
Beards were originally banned in the RAF for historical and practical reasons; having hair makes it harder to wear gas masks and other protective machines to form an airtight seal around a person's face, according to the RAF spokesman.
"Scraggly or patchy beards will not be accepted," a Ministry of Defence spokesman said.
Why did they allow beards?
The RAF has allowed beards so they could hire more members and have fewer members leave the team, they also allowed it to promote exclusivity.
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