There are many inspiring stories of Jews who were conscripted, and went to great lengths to get out of doing melacha on Shabbat, eating matza on Pesach etc. There are halachos and responsa dealing with what to do in that situation.

I have never seen any responsa about shaving. Many armies force you to shave with a razor (this came to mind because apparently the UK army recently lifted a ban on beards), and shave off the area of the peyot. Is there any discussion on this?

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    I'm sure the Chofetz Chaim discusses that in his "army" Sefer - IIRC it's called מחנה ישראל Apr 2 at 9:47
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    The armies force them to use a razor? Or the armies force them to remove their beards ? The latter could be accomplished via less problematic methods such as depilatory... Apr 2 at 13:04
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    @RabbiKaii its a question of fact... you state it as fact (in the present tense) that armies force people to shave with a razor... is that so? Do any contemporary armies force people to do so? Genuinely asking, as I do not know what the reality is (my impression is that modern armies do not have such a mandate). Apr 2 at 13:19
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    @DannySchoemann great source! indeed he does discuss it. Ch. 21, subsection 9: hebrewbooks.org/pdfpager.aspx?req=33289&st=&pgnum=65 his advice is that where there is no other option, that one should try to have a non-Jew perform it and to be entirely passive during the shave (no moving to assist, etc.). Apr 2 at 13:20
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    I'm not interested in closing your question, I think it is interesting and merits exploration and doesn't run afoul of any major issue I can see. I was simply asking what the actual מציאות is. I would be surprised if any modern army banned electric shavers or depilatories (details which are not as readily googalable, and it seemed that you manifestly knew was so, thus the innocent question). Really not a big issue at all... upvote headed your way as a demonstration of good faith. Apr 2 at 13:28


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