Are you an active duty Black male sailor diagnosed with pseudofolliculitis barbae, or razor bumps?

Have you received a no-shave chit or undergone laser therapy? How has this medical condition affected your Navy experience?

Contact senior report Geoff Ziezulewicz at to share your experience. Anonymity can be granted upon request.

While the Navy insists a general beard ban is in line with safety requirements, others have criticized the sea service for beard policies they believe discriminate against Black men due to a skin condition over which they have no control.

Your thoughts on the matter, positive or negative, will provide valuable insight.

Geoff is a senior staff reporter for Military Times, focusing on the Navy. He covered Iraq and Afghanistan extensively and was most recently a reporter at the Chicago Tribune. He welcomes any and all kinds of tips at

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