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A military question for our astute members

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posted on Jan, 12 2008 @ 05:54 AM
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My Dad dropped off some DVD's he recently transfered from old VHS tape of newscasts about the recovery of the Challenger in the Atlantic Ocean.

In one scene is a NASA spokesman and sitting next to him is a guy dressed in Air Force blues, but he has a wicked month growth of beard and mustache.

My question is, when did the military allow beards and a mustache while in uniform? Was this guy retired or something.

Sorry, I don't have a picture.

[edit on 12-1-2008 by ben91069]




posted on Jan, 12 2008 @ 06:12 AM
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Sorry, I do have pictures now. Who is this guy?





posted on Jan, 12 2008 @ 06:14 AM
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Slightly off topic, in the field they tend to be more relaxed on the issue of facial hair.

In pictures: Marines' moustaches



posted on Jan, 12 2008 @ 06:18 AM
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It's Dean Stockwell

He always plays military types.

MonKey




posted on Jan, 12 2008 @ 06:21 AM
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Me thinks you watched one too many episodes of Quantum Leap.....






posted on Jan, 13 2008 @ 01:11 AM
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Being ex-military, I have to agree that when you are out in the field, things are a bit more relaxed, and they let you grow it out a bit more. But the man in the photograph would not have a beard or mustache with that much hair because then it is against regulation. The man might be ex-military, but if he was currently in, they'd make him trim it down to size or give him, after enough warnings, an Article 15.



posted on Jan, 13 2008 @ 01:23 AM
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What about regulation for certain special forces or operatives? You know, like Delta or DEVGRU.



posted on Jan, 13 2008 @ 01:23 AM
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...........and especially on a high-profile televised conference concerning the recovery of one of our space shuttles. For publicities sake, it would be a bad image for the Air Force.



posted on Jan, 13 2008 @ 03:46 AM
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the regulations are followed even more rigidly by Delta, the Green Berets, DEVGRU, and all the rest.



posted on Jan, 13 2008 @ 08:48 AM
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In the Navy, you could get a waiver to grow a beard for medical and religious reasons. This guy looks like he might be orthodox jewish. Kind of Kissinger'ish. No religious offense intended.

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