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Beards and bare legs: This is no longer your grandfather’s military

By Scott Taylor      

I dare say that it is a slippery slope once you start making allowances to accommodate individual tastes in an institution whose core value is disciplined conformity.

Aircraft structures technicians work on a Chinook helicopter during Canada’s mission in Mali on March 24. The Canadian Armed Forces has loosened rules on beards in recent years. Cpl. François Charest photograph courtesy of the Canadian Armed Forces

OTTAWA—In an attempt to boost recruitment and to shore up retention, the Canadian Armed Forces have recently made changes to regulations regarding the dress and deportment of uniformed personnel.

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