London, Great Britain—The British army is considering a change in its facial hair policy.
The issue was raised by Captain Dave Somerville, serving in the Royal Engineers, in a letter to Soldier Magazine, an official publication of the army.
“We are an organisation that needs to recruit and putting up artificial barriers because of an inability to change isn’t what we are about,” wrote Captain Somerville.
According to Lieutenant Colonel Rachel Emmerson of the army’s Employment Branch, the facial hair policy is regularly reviewed to mirror operational and social realities. She suggested that the policy might change in the future.