The classic image of an RAF pilot replete with a whisker-free face and a sharp blue suit may well be a thing of the past, as the military body has confirmed that under new rules, staff will be able to cultivate their own facial hair.
The move, which will come into force on September 1, will allow serving members to sport a “smart, neatly-trimmed and full set beard,” yet the employer has insisted that members will still have to maintain “high standards of appearance; scraggly or patchy beards will not be accepted,” a Ministry of Defence spokesman confirmed.
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