In a break from tradition, Royal Australian Air Force (RAAF) members are now allowed to grow and wear beards.


This article by ABC-Australia makes the following points:
  • Chief of Air Force, Air Marshal Rob Chipman, said changes were made to the Air Force Dress Manual (AFDMAN) as Air Force continued to ‘evolve and modernise’.
  • Any facial hair must allow for health and safety requirements to be met and for a professional appearance to be maintained.
  • Beards must be kept neat, with a minimum bulk of 4mm and a maximum of 5cm.


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