Smuggling has been Alan's whole life. He was born while his parents were transporting cigarettes over to Romania from Moldavia and joined helping his father from the age of 4, helping him smuggle diamonds and gold. Alan went to school like any child, but didn't like it as much as his father's work, so he quickly decided to leave and start his own private business in Italy where he helped smuggle lots of stuff to Spain and Morocco. All would become even better when he heard of the opportunity to work in Chernarus and make even more money by bringing in tech and other stuff. Yet, he was eventually captured and sentenced to prison where he would remain until the outbreak began...
dayzRuP is ded. Time to move on to new horizons
I am okay with perma banned people to return to RP. There are lots who despite being toxic and did lots of shit, they were good people and also good roleplayers. Having them return would not only make the numbers grow but also help the overall quality of RP grow and bring a certain balance between bandits and heroes and those nasty campfire RPers (no hate, it's just that after a while it becomes boring as fuck).
Why don't you just buy the game for him and have him on an RP session on the server. Videos and such are good, but ultimately playing the game is the best way to understand if you like it or not. Or just have him at your house and let him play on your account and witness the RP for himself.
I personally prefer military gear for functionality, such as more space for more loot, or the camouflage to hide easily. But still, people RPing as super soldiers has always been something discussed in the community... So just give time to people to get along and they will eventually develop different more deep characters. Plus, it's much easier to RP as a soldier since technically you can do lots of things, rather than a civilian with weaknesses...
Should it be enforce? No. Should people use it more often? Yes.