While in Afghanistan, LCol (then Maj) Harjit Sajjan wore a smaller-than-usual turban that allowed him to wear his Kevlar helmet while respecting the dress requirements of his religion.

An article in last week’s issue of the CF newspaper The Maple Leaf provides a helpful explanation of the Canadian military’s policy on accomodation. Briefly put, accomodation is the military’s recognition of particular needs of its members, including spiritual and religious needs, provided that these needs do not compromise operational effectiveness and safety. Often military chaplains play a role in helping the CF member document and justify their need for religious accomodation, and assist the chain of command in judging the legitimacy of such requests. Read the complete article here. MP+