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So, you’re out of the armed forces and free from the oppression of military grooming standards. It’s time to grow a beard. But there’s more to growing a beard than to just stop shaving. Beards require care and grooming, and having a badass beard is a responsibility, not a right.

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Task & Purpose turned to Matt Lutz, a former Navy explosive ordnance disposal technician and a veteran of Iraq and Afghanistan, for tips on how to maintain your face forest.