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Soldiers finally allowed to grow beards as British Army overturns century-old ban


Watch: New army beard policy reversing 100-year-old rule announced

Growing beards is now allowed in the British Army, providing they are neat and are subject to review, a senior officer announced in a video message to troops.

The policy change, which reverses a 100-year-old ban, means troops are allowed a “full set beard” with a length of between 2.5mm and 25.5mm (one inch).

Beards must be trimmed off the cheekbones and neck with no "patchy or uneven growth” nor "exaggerated colours."

Warrant Officer Class 1 Paul Carney, the most senior non-commissioned officer, confirmed the rule change in a four-minute clip.

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