NO! Beards are not optional. This what separates SF from other Special Operations units. We live with the indigenous fighters. Beards are an incredibly important part of the Afghan culture. A man without a beard and a gun is not taken seriously. This is why PC culture in the US will end up degrading the SF mission when you insist on having female SF soldiers. A female SF soldier may be the most competent, strongest, smartest member of the team, but without a beard they cannot lead indig fighters. The importance of respecting the native culture is even shown in the movie "12 Strong" when the Afghan leader only wants to talk to the Team Tech, because he is older than the Team Leader.