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The clean shaven RRP requirement came out again recently at the latest Coxn's meeting in Halifax. I've been complaining about it since the new dress regs came out to Sea Training etc and the differences between ship to ship to no avail as no one wanted to touch it. It seems now the consensus is that if you have a goatee or side burns it can't interfere with the seal of the mask and the goatees can't interfere with the inner cup of the mask. I know its supposed to be clean shaven but that's where we're at.@Griffon Great post, agree. Also, feel bad for BGen Tatersall (DGCB) who had to be the public face of that particular shit sandwich (which is apparently being called PAYCUTFORGEN). It's not like they were the ones that created the policy, just were the ones in the job when it came down from upon high, so are being quoted in the news.
Having said that, wished the RCN would take the same line with life safety orders and follow CAF direction and just remind people they need to be clean shaven. Lot of folks with big ass beards and goatees so no way they are all excused from duty watches or fire fighting. If they can follow unpopular orders on money they can stop trying to be popular by ignoring CAF orders from the CDS.