RAF to allow beards for the first time
The hair-raising move, which comes into force on 1 September, will allow serving members to wear "a smart, neatly-trimmed, full set beard".
The RAF has insisted members will still have to maintain "high standards of appearance".
"Scraggly or patchy beards will not be accepted," a Ministry of Defence spokesman said.
The RAF says: "This move will help broaden the recruitment pool, promote inclusivity and help us retain our highly-skilled personnel."
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