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Posted: 8/5/2005 3:12:32 PM EDT
RELIGION?......in basic, are your beliefs(whatever they maybe)supported by the military.........I was thinking "muslims" in the marine's I did a state run "basic" and it was -neutral- religion wise. BUT there were no muslims.
Link Posted: 8/5/2005 4:47:30 PM EDT
I am not in the military aymore but my dog tags said NO REL PREF. I was an atheist back then and they never pushed religion on me.
Link Posted: 8/5/2005 4:53:53 PM EDT
[Last Edit: 8/5/2005 4:54:22 PM EDT by _DR]
when I was in you had to really work at it to get any kind of attention from the chaplain, and services when they had them were non-denom and casual.
Link Posted: 8/5/2005 5:07:54 PM EDT
When you consider most chaplains have to cover all the bases, what you get is a watered down version. But I never saw it pushed on anyone
Link Posted: 8/5/2005 5:21:21 PM EDT
There was one Muslim (white guy, not arab) in my OCS (Marine Corps) company. Chaplain tried to accomodate him, got him a Koran (au lieu of the New Testaments they were handing out). They gave out NT's by default, but offered to exchange for Torah or a Koran if you desired. He wasn't in my platoon, so I don't know if he graduated.

During our Chaplain's brief, I think he said there were a handful (<6) of imams serving as navy chaplains.
Link Posted: 8/5/2005 7:01:51 PM EDT
Link Posted: 8/5/2005 11:57:21 PM EDT
Link Posted: 8/10/2005 2:24:09 AM EDT
I have been in the Army and National Guard for about 15yr's and have not seen religion "pushed" It has been encouraged in a general sense, They always let you know about the Chaplins availibility.
Link Posted: 8/10/2005 5:01:22 AM EDT
religiously neutral for me, everyone was given the opportunity but noone was ever forced.

You had sunday morning free to do whatever you wished in bootcamp, including attending services.

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