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OTTAWA—It was announced last week that the Canadian Armed Forces are going to relax limitations on beards and allow more soldiers, sailors, and airmen to grow facial hair. Under the terms of the previous regulations, only sailors assigned to shore duty and infantrymen serving in specialized Pioneer engineering units were allowed to sport beards. There were also exceptions made for those whose religious faith forbids shaving, and in Afghanistan and Iraq beards were increasingly common among both Canadian

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Hard to believe beard ban was a dealbreaker for military recruits

By Scott Taylor      

The Canadian Armed Forces recently loosened limits on beards, citing the need to improve morale and attract more recruits.

Canadian soldiers check the strength of an anchor with American Army soldiers at Mihail Kogalniceanu Air Base in Romania on Aug. 30. Until recently, beards were only allowed in the military on a limited basis with permission from the chief of the defence staff. Department of National Defence photograph by Cpl. Dominic Duchesne-Beaulieu
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