Permission to grow a beard? Yes, you had to submit a standard request form through your divisional officer.
Motto's - Only two I ever knew were;
"That's life in a blue suit"
and my personal favourite.. Issued at full volume when a decision was questioned.
"This is the Navy son, not a fcuking democracy"
Traditional Naval bollockings were known to incorporate the afore mentioned, the scale of the bollocking being graded by the number of locking clips on a door on a Naval vessel;
2 Clips - Minimum secured position, a short brief bollocking from which a swift escape may be effected without significant loss of dignity / self respect.
8 Clip Bollocking (Condition Yankee) - A proper hair dryer from which escape is not possible, when properly delivered the recipient usually resembles a frightened child at a Guns N Roses concert.