Military Allows Asatru Beards

This article from Business Insider says the United States Army will allow an Asatru soldier to keep his beard. The article "A US soldier who worships the Norse thunder god Thor just got permission to keep his beard" by John Haltiwanger, April 26, 2018 (accessed October 27, 2019), https://www.businessinsider.com/us-soldier-who-worships-norse-god-thor-permitted-to-keep-beard-2018-4

Generally, American soldiers are required to shave. There have been religious exceptions before. For example, Sikh soldiers are not allowed to shave their beards, so most armed forces that allow Sikhs make the accommodation. There is always concern that beards will interfere with the proper sealing of gas masks.

There are no specific rules in the Asatru religion requiring men to maintain a beard. Many do grow beards and just take care not get the whiskers caught up in their work machinery. A singed beard during welding gives off a bit of an odor. Since Asatru does not have a central human authority, it is possible that some kindred somewhere is more adamant about keeping beards.

The more important part of this story is the acceptance of non-Abrahamic religions in the United States armed forces. They now will put Hammers on military graves in the same way they put crosses or the Star of David. This is a big change from when they denoted "Other Religion" on my dog tags so many years ago. Given that many Asatruar feel that military service is an important part of their lives, this means quite a bit.