I wonder does the length of a soldiers side burns really matter?
Is it true theres something in Queens regs about sidies and what is it?
How many parades have you heard a sergant major go ape on some lad "does it hurt son,because im standing on your sideburns"
Obivously sporting a craig david would be taking the p**s. But how can having abit of facial hair have anything to do with the effectiveness of a squaddie.
I mean who really wants to have bedford wheel arch side burns.
1. While teaching crows, the legal point of view was that while in uniform you do as you are told as it basically boils down to being part of your uniform. This is where that jewellry hair etc comes in. Can't remeber the exact quote but it is there.
2. Human rights act. Yes I know, but remember article 5, basically the collective has to show you respect for your right. BUT Article 6 states that you have to show your respect for the collective's rights also! (A Bit Star Trek) some clever chap at DMA, Netheravon spotted that one.
I think that side burns don't really matter, although I personally don't have long ones. The stupidest reason I've ever heard was from the RSM at 11 Sigs "They effect the seal on your resperator so if you have long side burns you'll die"
Queen's Regulations for the Army 1975 (Amendment No 26)
Chapter 5, Part 9 para 5.366
Males. The hair of the head is to be kept well cut and trimmed, except where authority has been granted otherwise on religious grounds; style and colour (if not natural) is not to be of an exaggerated nature. If a moustache is worn, it is to be trimmed and not below the line of the lower lip. Beards and whiskers are only to be worn with authority, which will usually be granted only on medical or religious grounds, or where tradition permits. The appearance of the beard and whiskers is to be neat and tidy.
Females. The hair is to be neat and worn above the collar. Combs, grips etc., if worn, are to be plain and similar in colour to thehair. Style and colour (if not natural) is not to be of an exaggerated nature.
ANNEX D TO CHAPTER 5
A GUIDE TO SUBJECTS TO BE INCLUDED IN UNIT STANDING ORDERS AND IN RULES FOR MESSES
22. Length and styles of hair.
This is what gives the RSM his/her authority to dictate hair style and length.