Trimming the beard from the top of both cheeks

I am a university student, and all Praise is due to Allaah [alone] as I was [blessed to have been] guided to maintain a beard [and let it grow]. However, I do trim it a little from [around] the neck as well as from the top of [both] the cheeks, and some [of those around me] took issue with me [for doing so], saying: [this is] not permissible. Bearing in mind this [excess] hair annoys me and is inconvenient, what is your opinion [regarding trimming this excess hair]?

The army in which I work, forces me to shave off my beard

I have a friend who shaved off his beard, and I admonished him for it, so he told me: “The system within the army in which I work in my country forces me to shave off my beard”. So is this permissible? [Please] advise us, and may Allaah reward you with good.

A new law requires me to shave off my beard in order to renew my passport

Your excellency, my passport has expired and I want to renew it so that I can come and perform ‘Umrah and the obligatory Hajj. [The passport office] requested I shave off my beard in accordance with the new law which was recently passed in my country. So what do I do?