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  •  While I have heard of the Army's (12+ / 0-)

    "spiritual fitness" program, it was never pushed on any of us or held up as a regulation to be adhered to. The closest I ever saw to anything like that was the year I was in Iraq, 2004-2005, with the 1st Cavalry Division-- they had a policy of encouraging soldiers to participate in spiritual pursuits, primarily to provide a sense of familiarity and comfort in the stressful environment. They didn't really care what spiritual pursuits they were, just that it was a good idea.

    So really only the atheist soldiers I knew were annoyed by it, since it carried the usual implication that those with a spiritual belief system were going to be better off than those who didn't.

    But as a Jew myself, I was encouraged to go to services and participate in holidays. I even did a Passover seder in one of Saddam's palaces, which I thought was particularly cool. My chain of command went out of their way to give me what amounted to a 48-hour pass to participate.

    Most commands know better than to pee in the Cheerios of the troops they depend on, but I do occasionally hear sordid tales. I did have one officer try to tell me "the good news (tm)" once...  And admittedly, just yesterday I overheard another officer talking about "how good Jews are in business". But these are relatively rare moments that stand out for their rarity.

    I've heard that the Air Force (particularly the Academy) is the worst offender. Unfortunate; I like the Air Force and wish they wouldn't have to put up with that silliness...

    The internet is ruled by cat people. Dog people are busy playing outside.

    by Canis Aureus on Sun May 05, 2013 at 05:21:17 AM PDT

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