Hair Standards

Hair shall not prevent the proper wear of a military headdress or protective equipment. Hair must be worn so that without a headdress the cadet’s face is visible.

 

Full or partial shaving of hair on the head is permitted.

 

Colouring of hair is permitted.

 

The wearing of wigs, dreadlocks, or hair extensions is permitted.

 

Long hair is permitted but must be secured accordingly when extending below the top / ridge of the shoulder in such a manner to prevent hair from covering the face.

 

Acceptable accessories to secure hair include, but are not limited to, clips, barrettes, bobby pins, fabric elastics, elastic bands, and hair nets.

Beards & Moustaches

All styles of facial hair and sideburns are authorized.

 

Facial hair may be braided / ponytail style and coloured.

 

Accessories to secure facial hair include but are not limited to: barrettes, bobby pins, fabric elastics, elastic bands, and hair nets.

Make-up and Jewellery

Jewelry: The wearing of jewellery is permitted in uniform however cadets must not:

  1. Wear jewellery over uniform items;

  2. While in uniform, have ear piercings and ear gauges / spacers of more than 2.5 cm diameter or diagonal measurement (dependent on the activity whether for ceremonial or safety reasons, the number of earrings may be restricted);

  3. Wear jewellery in piercings which are normally covered by uniforms if they pose a risk of injury;

  4. Wear jewellery that impairs the cadets’ safety or ability to perform their duties;

  5. Wear jewellery that a cadet knows, or ought reasonably to know, are connected with criminal activities (e.g., criminal gangs), that promote and / or express, on the basis of a prohibited ground of discrimination as defined in the Canadian Human Rights Act (CHRA), the following: hatred, violence, discrimination, or harassment; or

  6. Wear jewellery that a cadet knows, or ought to know, promote and / or express: racism, sexism, misogyny, misandry, xenophobia, homophobia, ableism, or sexually explicit material.

 

Rings. There are no limits to the number of rings a cadet can wear in uniform (dependent on the activity whether for ceremonial or safety reasons, the number of rings may be restricted);

  1. Earrings. Cadets in uniform may have multiple ear piercings as well as ear gauges / spacers of no more than 2.5 cm square or diameter. (See Figure 2-2-4)

  2. Nose rings. Cadets in uniform may have a single nose piercing, as associated with a cultural, religious, or spiritual belief. Septum piercings are not permitted, (dependent on the activity whether for ceremonial or safety reasons, the number of earrings may be restricted). (See Figure 2-2-4)

  3. The only authorized piercing above the shoulders are those on the ears and nose.

Make-up. Cadets may wear make-up, whether in uniform or civilian clothes. They may wear nail polish, artificial nails, temporary lashes, and eyelash extensions unless it impairs the cadets’ safety or ability to perform their duties. Safety must be considered at all times.

Tattoos. Tattoos are permitted. However, cadets must not have:

  1. Tattoos that a cadet knows, or ought reasonably to know, are connected with criminal activities (e.g., criminal gangs), tattoos that promote and / or express, on the basis of a prohibited ground of discrimination as defined in the CHRA, the following: hatred, violence, discrimination, or harassment; or

  2. Tattoos that a cadet knows, or ought to know, promote and / or express: racism, sexism, misogyny, misandry, xenophobia, homophobia, ableism, or sexually explicit material.

  3. Tattoos of a cultural nature (such as Inuit face tattoos) shall be allowed.

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