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Sikh Dress Policy

1. Cadets who are adherents of the Sikh religion (Keshadharis) shall wear the Air Cadet uniform and adhere to Air Cadet Dress Regulations with the following exceptions which are directed by their religion:

    a. hair and beard shall remain neat and tidy, provided that safety is not jeopardized. When a hazard clearly exists,     the hair and/or beard shall be modified to accommodate the wearing of the required equipment; and
    b. male cadets shall wear a CF blue turban. Both male and female cadets shall wear the five symbolic         requirements of the Sikh religion (see paragraph 3). These items shall be worn with all orders of dress.

2. Except when otherwise provided by paragraph 1, the turban worn by male cadets and authorized headdress worn by female cadets shall not be removed while wearing uniform. Specifically, such headdress shall not be removed in the following circumstances:

    a. on parade;
    b. during the administration of the cadet promise;
    c. when entering a consecrated building;
    d. when entering a canteen or dining room; and
    e. at formal or informal functions when the removal of headdress might otherwise be considered appropriate.


3. Adherents of the Sikh religion shall, in accordance with the provisions of paragraphs 1 and 2, observe/wear the following requirements:

    a. Kesh - keep hair on the head, face and body neat and tidy;
    b. Kanga - wear a comb;
    c. Kara - wear an iron bangle (bracelet);
    d. Kacha - wear undergarment of a specific design; and
    e. Kirpan - wear a symbolic dagger with a blade length not less than 11.5 cm and not exceeding 13 cm and an         overall length (including the handle) not exceeding 19 cm.


4. The following instructions are not intended to provide in detail the method of styling and wearing hair on the head, of wearing the comb or of winding the turban; they are however, intended to provide sufficient direction to ensure uniformity of dress amongst Sikh members of the Air Cadet organization. Accordingly, religious symbols and associated badges shall be worn as follows:

    a. turban - worn in a low, Sikh conventional manner, with the final winding right over left of the forehead;
    b. cap badge - worn centred on the front of the turban. The badge shall be locally modified at no cost to the public     to provide a brooch fastener with which to fasten the badge to the turban;

    Note: A new woven insignia sewn on the wedge by the manufacturing company is now replacing the metal hat           badge. The metal hat badge is no longer available with Logistik Unicorp. Sqns with cadets who are adherents of        the Sikh religion must recuperate a sufficient quantity of metal hat badges as they shall no longer be required and     keep them in reserve. Metal hat badges kept in reserve may be distributed as required for wear with the turban.        Sqns who do not have any metal hat badges in their reserve are to forward a request to D Cdts 4-5 through the        chain of command.

    c. Kesh (hair) - male cadets shall wear their hair tied in a knot at the crown of the head, and shall secure the hair     of the beard under the chin, presenting a close to face, groomed appearance. Female cadets shall wear their hair     styled in a bun at the rear of the head to facilitate the proper wearing of the wedge

    d. Kanga (comb) - worn concealed in the hair;

    e. Kara (bangle or bracelet) - worn on the right wrist; and

    f. Kirpan (dagger) - shall remain sheathed, except for religious occasions requiring the presence of the exposed        dagger, and for cleaning purposes. A black cloth sling, slung from the right shoulder to the left side, shall support     the sheathed kirpan, worn under the outer shirt or jacket. Should the kirpan interfere with the wearing of uniform        accoutrements or equipment, it may be slung from the left shoulder and worn on the right side.