Jonathon Burns was the lead researcher in the study.
“We took 100 soldiers. 25 were Special Forces qualified and had beards, 25 were Special Forces qualified without beards, 25 were regular Army allowed to grow beards for the study, and the last 25 were regular Army without beards. All 100 of these subjects were in direct combat in Afghanistan during the study.”
He continued, “Xegis Solutions had several teams of researchers embedded with these troops to make observations on their combat effectiveness. The results were overwhelming, out of the 50 soldiers with beards, zero were wounded or killed and they had a significantly higher accuracy of fire than the soldiers without beards. The soldiers lacking beards had a higher rate of weapons malfunctions and basically, shit went wrong most of the time.”
This study was commissioned in part by the Duffel Blog who profits directly from the sale of “Beards Save Lives” T-shirts; however there doesn’t seem to be any foul play or even guiding hand here, and I’m not saying that because of my own hirsuteness. Not at all.
(I’m saying it because I want them to send me one of those T-shirts.)Related: Popular: