Builder Constructionman Stephen Abernathy, assigned to Naval Mobile Construction Battalion (NMCB) 3, shaves at field hygiene station during NMCB-3's field training exercise (FTX). (U.S. Navy/Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Michael Lopez)

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Sailors might someday be able to get a jump start on the popular veteran-beard look.

The Navy's top personnel leaders said Tuesday that they're open to considering allowing sailors to sport beards, at least when they're not at sea.

"We're getting a lot of feedback from sailors, we're talking to senior leaders and it's not a dead issue," Fleet Master Chief Wes Koshoffer with Manpower, Personnel, Training and Education said during a Facebook live event.

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Retired Air Force Gen. Paul Selva and his beard. (U.S. Air Force/Professional Services Council)

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

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Photos: IMDB

The only thing Hollywood might love more than a good-looking man named Chris — heavy emphasis on might — is a war film. And in recent years, a primary constant in contemporary war films has been facial hair.

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Tech. Sgt. Liliana Moreno/US Air Force

Editor’s Note: This article by Hope Hodge Seck originally appeared on, a leading source of news for the military and veteran community.

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The U.S. military dangles cash bonuses and post-military college money to entice recruits into the service. Meanwhile, the Canadian military has beards and weed.

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Dear U.S. military planners,

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