Beards, Horses and SWO's

#1
Hi, I was told at the AFCO that I could keep my beard if I was successful with the Royal Navy app. Brilliant, but is there an un-official taboo against them? I couldn't find any bearded types in any of the literature I was given...
Is it technically permissible but in reality frowned upon? Similar to the RAF order that you may turn upto work on a Horse and have the SWO stable it for you? One of the Crab lads was desperately trying to arrange that on his last day!
 
#8
All real men wear beards, and you will in fact be looked at in awe by your juniors and seniors alike for wearing one. Guzzler may be right about Raleigh though.
 
#9
I'm a little out of date, but when I was last at Raleigh (2007) I saw a class leader with a very impressive full set marching his class round, so unless the rules have changed since then, thunderbeards are go.
 

R12_CV

Lantern Swinger
#10
Phase 1 and you lose the set (beard).
You will be doing the Gas Chamber, so a skin (shaven) face will be the order of the day.

I can't say for Phase 2, but bare in mind you will be wearing Breathing Apparatus for Fire Fighting exercises so expect a skin for this too...

Don't worry though....I'm sure there's been uglier people than you through the gates over the last couple of hundred years... :lol:
 
#11
pompeyexpat said:
All real men wear beards, and you will in fact be looked at in awe by your juniors and seniors alike for wearing one. Guzzler may be right about Raleigh though.
:)

Beardless men are like breastless women. The male face was specifically developed to sport man fur. Facial Man fur is also very useful. Furry cooks can use it to scour pans; furry stokers can clean pipe joints and their tools with it; you can stroke it like a pet cat; fur denotes experience, wisdom and a philosohical approach to life. Suicide bombers, most pollies, women, and other dubious types ;) by contrast are clean shaven.

Bearded men are also cute! :razz:
 
#12
You can of course take your horse with you once you have been drafted to a ship.
The routine is that once on the ship the horse is to be handed over to the chefs who will turn it into something far more acceptabel :p
 
#15
SAM_The_Man_Dicosta said:
Unless you are one of the Saudis, then you can do whatever the * you like!
I think you'll find that they neither in Phase I training nor are they in the Royal Navy, so a pretty redundant comment really.
 

Andrew_1980

Lantern Swinger
#17
I was told that beards have to go during Raleigh, so they know that we know how to shave. First thing I thought of was 'can't I just provide some photos?' :p
 
#18
Tell them you're a Jedi Knight and your deeply and sincerely held faith requires you to wear a beard at all times (even in bed). On religious grounds you should get an exemption.... ;)
 
#19
thingy said:
Tell them you're a Jedi Knight and your deeply and sincerely held faith requires you to wear a beard at all times (even in bed). On religious grounds you should get an exemption.... ;)
Stop tking the piss Thingy, you know that Jedi knights don't have to have beards, they have to wear Willy Warmers :oops:
 
#20
Pretty sure you CAN have a set during Phase 1, saw one the other week with one and you can have them in Phase 2. Firefighting and BA argument is not really valid. If a fire breaks out on board you'd have the choice of shave off smartish or die otherwise
 
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