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Navy Beards

Discussion in 'Vets and Friends' started by Salty, Mar 18, 2017.

  1. Salty

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    Going back several centries, it has been Naval tradition for Sailors to have beards.

    Back in the '70's, CNO Zumwalt authorized sailors to have beards.
    In 1981, CNO Hayward sought to institute “Pride in Professionalism” by tightening regulations even further.
    This included that Petty Officers could not have beards
    Then in 1984 CNO Watkins banned all beards.

    So - should sailors be authorized to wear beards

    Open for discussion
     
  2. Squire Robertsson

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    I did my active duty time in the 70s. I was on a 180' buoy tender. Our deckhands grow beards starting in around Labor Day and shave them by April 15. Then we were working buoys on the Oregon coast. So, beards helped keeping them warm.
     
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    Beards for everyone!
     
  4. Dr. Bob

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    After I finished bible college and seminary in 1970, went two years full time as associate pastor, then volunteered as Lt.j.g. in Navy. They had strict no-beard, short hair etc. No different than being in a fundamentalist Baptist school. I personally like the "professional look" of no facial hard, close-cropped hair etc.
     
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    Aircrewmen did not have beards when I was in the Navy. Even in Antarctica, there were no beards on my flight crews but other sailors had them. This was back in the late 60s and early 70s. Of course, I usually flew with Marine pilots so that may have been a contributing factor. Now, I just do not want the women to have beards. I don't think that is too much to ask.
     
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