Cadets of the Muslim Faith

Wearing of Hijab 

For religious and / or spiritual consideration, cadets are authorized to wear the hijab, a long sleeve shirt in lieu of a short sleeve (SS) shirt in any order of dress, and a modified ankle length Service Dress skirt in lieu of the uniform pants . Hijabs must be worn in consideration of applicable safety standards and will not interfere with the wearing of protective equipment while participating in training activities. If necessary, cadets shall modify hairstyles, hijabs, or both to allow the proper wearing of these items.

  1. The hijab must be worn in a fashion to permit the correct wearing of head dress and any necessary safety equipment; and

 

When the long sleeve shirt is worn, the hijab is worn over the collar but under the service dress jacket or sweater and the tie is not worn. When the long sleeve shirt is worn in lieu of the short sleeve shirt in 3B order of dress, the hijab will be worn under the collar and all accoutrements normally worn on the short shirt, including ribbons and Specialist Skill badges, will be worn. All buttons, with the exception of the top button to allow for the hijab to be tucked in, and fasteners will be closed. In this order of dress the hijab will be worn inside the shirt collar. The shirt will be worn outside the skirt or pants.

Specific requirements for wearing of the hijab are as follows:

  1. The hijab must be versatile, comfortable, neat, breathable, and easy to remove. It must also provide the wearer with adequate protection against specific climate and environmental training condition;

  2. The hijab may be two pieces; and

  3. The hijab must adjust to fit the face of the wearer and it must allow for the proper wearing of headdress, and headgear. The hijab must also conform to the colours and uniformity of the uniforms worn in all environments.

  4. The colour of hijab shall be:

    1. Sea Cadets – white;

    2. Army Cadets – Canadian average green in Training Dress, Light Green in Ceremonial, Highland, and Service Orders of Dress and white in Mess Dress;

    3. Air Cadets – Canadian average green in Training Dress, RCAF blue in Ceremonial, Highland and Service Orders of Dress and white in Mess Dress; and

    4. JCRs – Canadian average green in all Orders of Dress.