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Navy reviews its no-shave waiver policy after feedback from diversity task force

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The Navy is reviewing a policy that did away with permanent shaving waivers for sailors diagnosed with razor bumps after receiving feedback through recent diversity and inclusion initiatives, the chief of naval operations said Tuesday in an interview with Defense One.

The Navy, under Adm. Mike Gilday’s leadership, halted the waivers, often referred to as “no-shave chits,” on Oct. 4, 2019, following a series of reviews by the Naval Safety Center that said beard hair posed a safety risk for face seals on breathing devices such as respirators.

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