It is an indisputable, undeniable truth that veterans absolutely love their post-service beards, and this love makes no exceptions based on rank.

Consider the case of former Vice Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff Gen. Paul Selva, who retired this past August after 39 years of service in the Air Force with impeccable service-compliant grooming habits.

Air Force Gen. Paul Selva's official Defense Department portrait(DoD photo)

Air Force photo

Thirty-nine years is a hell of a long time to go beardless, and apparently Selva wasted no time sprouting a remarkable display of facial hair, according to a photo of the general accepting an award from the Professional Services Council and the Northern Virginia Chamber of Commerce earlier this month.

PSC President and CEO David J. Berteau and Northern Virginia Chamber President and CEO Julie Coons presented Gen. Selva with an award at PSC's offices in Arlington on Nov. 13, 2019(Professional Services Council photo)

Air Force photo

Genghis Khan famously commented that man's highest joy “is in victory: to conquer one's enemies; to pursue them; to deprive them of their possessions; to make their beloved weep; to ride on their horses; and to embrace their wives and daughters.”

Khan was a moron; nothing says victory like weaving a mighty mane of manhood from your chin and cheeks. Just ask David Letterman.