Air Training Corp and Hair Length sign now

We of the Air Training Corp wish restrictions on hair length to be removed or relaxed to a sensible degree for male within the ATC.



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Argument:



The Air Training Corp has restrictions on dress and hair style.

For instance Men must keep their hair short and neat. Women may have long hair. Exceptions can be made on religious grounds, for example Sikhs are allowed to wear turbans.



At our Air Training Corp Squadron, 1146 Barnstaple, we were told that the reason for this is that long hair could cause problems in a cockpit, and that it looks better; restrictions on hair were not implemented until after World War 2, and long hair does not appear to cause problems for women.

Cadets have been expelled from squadrons merely based upon the way they choose to wear their hair, cadets have been told that their hair will be shaved - and yet exemptions have rarely been made.



We believe that hair length should not be a restriction on membership of the Air Training Corp., and that this restriction is unfair, having an impact on the social life of cadets outside of the ATC, and causing trauma to those who have been expelled from the cadets merely based upon the length of their hair.



The Sex Discrimination Act 1975 is an Act of the Parliament of the United Kingdom to protect men, women and transgendered people from discrimination on the grounds of gender. The Act is mainly in relation to employment, training, education, the provision of goods and services and in the disposal of premises.



According to http://www.eoc.org.uk/Default.aspx?page=15497, Direct sex discrimination according to the act is where a woman (or man) is treated less favourably than a person of the opposite sex in comparable circumstances is, or would be, because of her (or his) sex.



Men are treated unequally in the Air Training Corp., with respect to certain provisions, we hope that this voluntary organisation will see fit to allow men some privileges to which they have not previously been entitled.

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