Per this HRC message https://www.hrc.army.mil/site/...tification_Cards.pdf
AR 600-8-14 (IDENTIFICATION CARDS FOR MEMBERS OF THE UNIFORMED SERVICES, THEIR ELIGIBLE FAMILY MEMBERS, AND OTHER ELIGIBLE PERSONNEL):
AR 600-8-14 governs Identification Cards for members of the Army, Army Retired, Army Selected Reserve, Army
Inactive Ready Reserve (IRR), Army Retired Reserve, Family Members of Army Service Members, Army Civilians,
Army Contractors. This is a joint regulation; all other Armed Forces of the United States use this regulation with their
own regulation number attached to it.
It's an Air Force rag and nowhere in it states you must be clean shaven or in uniform to get your cac. (but if you are in uniform then you obvisouly have to meet the standards)
Here's a link to the AR 600 series, just click the 600-8-14 http://armypubs.army.mil/epubs...es_Collection_1.html
AFI36-3026_IP 17 JUNE 2009
11.7. Photographs - General Guidance. All DoD identification cards will contain a photograph. ................................................................ 106
11.7. Photographs - General Guidance. All DoD identification cards will contain a photograph. The following provides general guidance concerning photographs for both the machine-readable CAC and Teslin ID cards, and manually prepared cards:
11.7.1. Individuals will poise with a frontal, full-face (passport-type) photo shot. Head covering is acceptable for medical and religious reasons provided that the face is in full view.
11.7.2. Military personnel may be photographed while wearing uniform or civilian clothes (reference paragraphs 11.7.3 and 11.7.4).
11.7.3. Active duty, Selected Reserve and Participating IRR members in uniform must comply with Service grooming standards. Note: Active duty, Selected Reserve, and Participating IRR members must also be within Service dress and appearance standards when in uniform. This also applies to members who are on appellate leave. Refer to paragraph 9.4.
11.7.4. Nonparticipating Reserve members (IRR, Standby, and Retired Reserve awaiting pay at age 60) do not have to be within Service dress and grooming standards, when issued the DD Form 2 (Reserve).
11.7.5. Photographs will have no title board visible, clothing that is visible must be a neutral tone such as gray, black, or white and have no discernible words, effects, or designs.
184.108.40.206. Photographs must have a plain background without unit designations, motifs, or flag displays; white is recommended, light shades of neutrals may be used in lieu of white. Note: Anything other than the authorized background will render the card invalid.