As most of us are aware, any tattoos on the face, neck, ears, head of RM applicants is a bar to entry. We all know of people in the Corps that have chosen to bend those rules with apparent impunity. Similarly ear studs are not permitted and for males, hair length must conform to different standards depending on gender. The Australian Navy has employed individuals with tribal facial tattoos without any discernable notice in operational performance. Females are currently serving in UK Armed Service personnel with tattooed eyebrows and lip liner. Similarly other foreign forces apply the same hair regulation for males & females without issue. In the UK Armed Forces, Sikhs can wear turbans instead of regulation headdress, wear long hair irrespective of gender and legitimately carry ceremonial daggers. Royal Marines can have moustaches but not beards, sailors can have beards, not moustaches. Question is....does it really matter? Should the Royal Marines take the lead and eradicate ANY discrimination and apply a true equal opportunities standard?