Canada has allowed turbans etc. for more than a couple of decades. It works well.In fact, our Defence Minister is a baptised Sikh. He wore a turban and beard while he fought the Taliban in Afghanistan.
And they have been allowed here for Sikhs for a while. I have no problem with it.What is that lobster pin he wears? I thought he was a Vancouver guy. Does he have a connection to the Maritimes?
What lobster pin? The pin he wears in a number of pictures looks like a Maltese cross to me. Likely his Order of Military Merit.
Definitely a lobster pin: http://www.ctvnews.ca/polopoly_fs/1.2667626.1448042498!/httpImage/image.jpg_gen/derivatives/landscape_620/image.jpgFound this other article about a Security Conference he attended, saying it was a "Golden Lobster lapel pin, an honour bestowed on him by the Halifax Canadian Club." It was also worn by other attendees including US Senator bomb-bomb-bomb-Iran John McCain.
Ah, looks like camouflage to me. Likely marks him as owned by the arms merchant guild. I see his OMM pin above the Red Lobster.
All the legitimate concerns about beard and turban not being compatible with helmet and NBC mask can be solved with hardware adaptations.
Sven - Yes. And I understand this just gives local commanders the option whereas before it had to be blessed by the Secretary of the Army's office.