& # 39; It is discrimination against something so small & # 39 ;: Australian soldiers facing the growing beard say that the army must change with the time & # 39;
- Two soldiers from Townsville could be stopped having facial hair
- Each soldier served ten years and had beards due to skin conditions
- The couple claims that they have had a career decline due to facial hair
Two Australian soldiers who served their country for more than ten years could be fired because they were slightly underage than facial hair.
The men from Townsville have been unshaven for five years due to skin irritations after being forced to wash in dirty and unsanitary conditions while they were being deployed.
The Australian Defense Ministry now decides whether the soldier's beards should end their service.
Two soldiers may face termination of the Australian Department of Defense to have facial hair
Both soldiers were recommended by medical authorities to grow beards after experiencing skin conditions.
One of the soldiers developed a condition known as foliculitis in which the hair follicles become inflamed.
He claims not to have access to clean water and yet to be shaved every day, which resulted in his skin problems.
He believes that they are unfairly focused on something that does not affect their work.
& # 39; The past two years it has considerably reduced my career. I have no experience anymore, I have lost promotion courses and I have just confined myself to barracks, & one of the soldiers who has served 14 years told Townsville Bulletin.
& # 39; It's discrimination for something so insignificant. & # 39;
& # 39; It's discrimination for something so small, & # 39; said one of the soldiers
The strict treatment of facial hair came after Army Lieutenant General Angus Campbell sent an email and warned soldiers with facial hair that they could be fired because it was not part of the tradition.
The letter was sent in 2016 after the two soldiers had their beards for almost three years.
& # 39; It's so stressful. There is absolutely no job security, & another soldier said.
The Department of Defense said soldiers with medical reasons for having facial hair will be considered by the medical classification committee for work classification.
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