Had a moustache since 18 yrs old. The Army let me keep it although the shoulder length hair had to go. The day I got my discharge papers is the day the razor went into the trash. Had a semi close cropped beard all the way through the first marriage, and 15 or so years into the second. Changed jobs going to a Power Plant where the possibility of needing to wear SCBA and dust masks required removing the beard. When I came out of the bathroom on the way to the first day at work, the wife gave me a strange look but never said anything. About a month or so later, we were with some friends and she laughingly confessed that the first couple of weeks after losing the beard she felt like she was with another man, and had a guilt feeling. She got over it.