Just to throw this out into the open, why is it that in the Army, we aren't allowed to have facial hair? I understand that we derive many of our customs and traditions from the British Army, but can we not go out on a limb and start a few of our own? Look around the NATO military community......... virtually all of them allow their soldiers to grow facial hair. (not moustaches) I can understand putting limits and restrictions on it, because some forms of self expression when it comes to facial hair just look plain unprofessional, but whats wrong with a well groomed goatee or giving the troops a little more slack on the sideburns? This has always been a bit of a sore point for many guys in the Army. Once they're on leave, within 4 days, they all have longer sideburns, goatees or beards, but we can't have them on duty. One explanation thats been given before was your gas mask won't make a proper seal with beards or goatees. Fine, no facial hair on operations (even though most of our European allies still let their guys do it) but thats still a weak explanation as the liklihood of us needing our NBC IPE here in Canada is virtually nil, so, why not allow a new facial hair regulation in our Army?