Pentagon To Allow Religious Beards, Tattoos, Piercings

Sikh US Military TurbanFrom

The military will make every effort to accommodate “individual expressions of sincerely held beliefs”

The Pentagon is about to become much more accommodating to the religious needs of soldiers — whether Muslim, Wiccan, Christian or Jewish. NBC News obtained an early draft of the new Department of Defense instruction that states the military will make every effort to accommodate “individual expressions of sincerely held beliefs” (conscience, moral principles, or religious beliefs) of service members. As part of these new rules the military will be adjusting the governing religious items and religion-based physical attributes that service members can maintain while in uniform — including beards, some religious tattoos, and turbans.

From the article by Jeff Dunetz (Yid With Lid):

Requests for religious accommodation can be denied when the “needs of mission accomplishment outweigh the needs of the service member,” the directive will explain.

Earlier this month, a major in the U.S. Army who is a Sikh American took his case to staffers on the Hill, explaining how he and other Sikhs should be able to serve in uniform and still maintain their religious beliefs, including wearing turbans and unshorn hair, including beards.

The new directive will explain that if the articles of faith or physical attributes interfere with the proper function of protective clothing and equipment, the request could be denied.  For example, a beard or unshorn hair cannot interfere with gas masks or helmets.

Jewish service members can request permission to wear a yarmulke while in uniform. Muslim service members can request to wear a beard and carry prayer beads. Even Wiccan service members, those who practice “Magick,” can seek accommodation — the directive covers all religions recognized by the U.S. military.

The policy will also spell out that service members have the right to observe no religion at all.

What does the word “uniform” mean?  Today, apparently not that much.

An excellent article about the issue is here, as well.  Thanks AOW.



Forgotten in the news shuffle: Major Nidal Hasan gets the death penalty

Major Nidal HasanFrom the

Nidal Hasan sentenced to death for Fort Hood shooting rampage

Maj. Nidal Malik Hasan was sentenced to death Wednesday for killing 13 people and wounding 32 others in a 2009 shooting rampage at Fort Hood, Tex., the worst mass murder at a military installation in U.S. history.Dressed in Army fatigues, Hasan, who turns 43 next month, listened impassively as the death sentence was handed down by a panel of 13 senior military officers in a unanimous decision after less than two hours of deliberations. If even a single panel member had objected, Hasan would instead have been sentenced to life in prison. He also was stripped of pay and other financial benefits, which he continued to receive while in custody.

One notation, perhaps made in desperation or with an understanding of the truth:John P. Galligan, a civilian lawyer who continues to provide legal assistance, denounced the proceedings as “almost a ludicrous show trial to secure a death penalty, even though they know it’s unlikely that it would be ever actually implemented.”Galligan said the appeals would probably “go on for decades.”“In all honesty, he stands a far more likely chance of dying from medical reasons than dying because he’s been sentenced to death,” he said.

And isn’t that a complete shame on our civilian and military legal system?




US marshaling its forces for an incursion into Syria?

Syria & Middle EastMap of the Middle East, Syria in the center.  Click to expand.

Apparently so.

As I am still in LE, I still have sources around the nation from the contacts I’ve made over the years, both in the civilian LE side and the military side.  Those sources also occasionally have three letters.

Two of those persons are telling me that the US is silently marshaling its forces for a possible incursion into Syria.  Special Forces are being alerted first.

UK media is already broadcasting this belief.

I remain unconvinced that American soldiers placed into Syria solve anything.  And I remain unconvinced that many videos and photographs of this “gas attack” were not staged.


Middle East Guide, Easy



The “Americans in Wartime Museum”

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Help keep the importance of our American Military personnel and veterans alive, for future generations.  Help children to realize: freedom is far from free.