All facial hair in the Netherlands armed forces is subject to instant removal when operational circumstances demand it. Recent operations in Afghanistan under the ISAF have seen a trend of growing "tour beards", both for bonding and as a way of advancing contacts with the Afghan population, who regard a full beard as a sign of manhood. Nov 03, · The Western men grew beards in part to blend in on arduous and isolated missions in rural parts of Afghanistan, where long beards are still typically the norm and were the law under Taliban rule.
Aug 08, · Since most facial hair is prohibited in all branches of the military, is there anyone who can grow a beard while serving in the Armed Forces? The answer is yes, but only under specific circumstances. In , the US Army granted waivers to grow a beard as a religious exception to the rule. Feb 13, · The Taliban had strict rules about hair and beard styles, but today in Afghanistan, barber shops flourish. By Ruchi Kumar Feb Author: Ruchi Kumar.
Radio Free Asia reported in that the North Korean government had a recommended list of 18 hair styles for women and 10 hair styles for men, and that some colleges had recommended male students model their hair after Kim Jong-un. However, Dr. Katharine H.S. Moon, Wasserman Chair of Asian Studies at Wellesley College, refutes these claims, stating that, .