When I watched the HBO series Band of Brothers, I was struck by how the soldiers, ill-supplied, freezing, and wearily dug into the snowy trenches of Bastogne, still made time to shave. The clean shaven face was and is military policy. Even today, US soldiers, although they must do without hot water and baths for months at a time, still try to get in a daily shave. It might seem like a strange policy to civilians, but requiring the men to be well-groomed is believed to be important in preserving the men?s sense of discipline and the esprit de corps.
About Art of Manliness
The Art of Manliness is authored by husband and wife team, Brett and Kate McKay. It features articles on helping men be better husbands, better fathers, and better men. In their search to uncover the lost art of manliness, they?ll look to the past to find examples of manliness in action. They?ll analyze the lives of great men who knew what it meant to ?man up? and hopefully learn from them. And they?ll talk about the skills, manners, and principles that every man should know.