Sure, there’ve been accommodations made to bend the beard rules for soldiers who practice religions that mandate facial hair, like for Sikhs and other mainstream faiths.
But for heathens? This has got to be a first.
The Army Times reported that a soldier had earned an exemption from shaving on account of his Norse pagan, or “heathen,” faith.
According to this unnamed soldier, the Viking look was how he had to roll.
And when you think about it, those badass Viking warriors we pretty freaking scary — and almost all of them had a beard.