Yeah... they're just too lazy to shave and they want to walk around looking like Grizzly Adams. You'd have to be a fool to think the muzzies can't spot them for infidel white boys from a mile away just because they have stupid hipster beards.
It's either a way to sympathize / relate with the locals or relaxed grooming standards at the fob. Two tours boots on ground first one we where allowed to grow beards but no faddish shit like goatees or Rollie Fingers moustachio's. Second one was inspection ready no facial hair minus a flavor savor.