Sat. Feb 16th, 2019

The Canadian military will allow beards in a bid to improve morale and attract young recruits

New recruits will still be required to shave. Beards will be allowed after personnel finish their initial training

Canada’s military is easing its restrictions on beards as it tries to position itself to recruit more young people and allow personnel in uniform more of a say about their appearance.

While moustaches were already permitted in the Canadian Forces, beards have been all but forbidden. The only exceptions to the ban have been made for sailors, for whom it is considered a tradition; for those serving in specialized pioneer engineering units, for whom it is also a tradition; and for individuals who have a religious or medical justification.

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