Norwegian Army Allows Religious Headgear

Norwegian army allows religious headgear

 The Norwegian defence ministry has given the all-clear for uniformed soldiers to wear religious headgear such as turbans, hijabs and kippahs.

With little fanfare, the armed forces relaxed the rules for religious garb earlier this summer, an advisor to the Norwegian defence chaplaincy told newspaper Stavanger Aftenblad.

“The use of religious symbols with armed forces uniforms was cleared on July 1st this year,” said Major Tor Simen Olberg.

Among the symbols approved by the military were turbans for Sikh soldiers, as well as different forms of Jewish skull-caps, which may also be worn under standard military caps.

Muslim women meanwhile will be permitted to wear a hijab, or head scarf, with their uniforms.

“This is on condition that women who wear a hijab tie it tightly around their heads,” said Olberg.

He added that the new rules only covered a limited range of religious symbols. In addition to headgear, soldiers will also be allowed to wear armbands containing religious symbols that have been engraved or mounted.

Major Olberg spoke about the new dress code during a seminar on religion and conflict held this week at NATO’s Joint Warfare Centre at Jåttå in Stavanger.  READ MORE: