The US military is seriously exploring the tactical value of the beard
Pentagon: the presence of a beard is directly related to combat effectiveness.
Tactical beard is multifunctional. It became widespread during the Iraqi and Afghan campaigns.
The first tactical beards began to be used by special forces soldiers in order to disguise as the local population, as well as specialists working in close contact with Muslims (translators, instructors, etc.).
Tactical beard protects the operator's face from weathering and frostbite, breathes dust particles, gives the operator a brutal and ferocious appearance, which undoubtedly helps in CQB (in melee combat).
But that is not all. Pentagon research shows that having a beard is directly related to combat effectiveness! A report released by the Xegis Solutions research group states that beards are directly related to combat effectiveness:
"We took 100 people, 25 from special forces who had beards and 25 special forces who had no beards, 25 from a regular army who were allowed to grow beards for research and the last 25 were from a regular army without beards. All 100 participated in combat clashes in Afghanistan. "
The research results were amazing, out of 50 soldiers with beards, no one was injured or killed, their shooting accuracy was significantly higher than that of soldiers without beards. The soldiers who had no beards had a high level of malfunctioning of personal weapons and some kind of shit happened to them all the time.
CENTCOM (US Central Command), without wasting time, creates new rules forcing men to grow beards. Commander General James E. Mattis made a statement to all troops in combat zones:
"It is time for the Armed Forces to accept the facts, and the facts are that beards save lives. In the light of this information, we will demand that all men wear at least one inch of facial hair at all times."
These studies also show that the systematic growth of a beard leads to an increase in testosterone (male hormone) levels in the beard carrier, which stimulates the endocrine system, leading tothat such men are physically stronger, they make more accurate and balanced decisions, have more sober judgments in a stressful or time-limited situation.
It is unequivocally established that testosterone has a positive effect not only on mental, physical, but also on mental parameters. In particular, growing a beard has a positive effect on the symptoms of CFS (chronic fatigue syndrome).