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Pentagon Allows Kippa and Beard If They Don’t Endanger a Mission

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Pentagon says kippa and beards are kosher for soldier if they do not get in the way of their mission.

Pentagon says kippa and beards are kosher for soldier if they do not get in the way of their mission.
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The Pentagon made clear in an order that troops may accommodate religious beliefs in their garb or grooming as long as it does not frustrate their mission.

“The new policy states that military departments will accommodate religious requests of service members unless a request would have an adverse effect on military readiness, mission accomplishment, unit cohesion and good order and discipline,” Navy Lt. Cmdr. Nathan J. Christensen, a Pentagon spokesman said Wednesday.

The requests will be decided on a case-by-case basis, Christensen said.

Under the order, Jewish servicemen could be permitted to wear a kippah or a beard.

Among the factors that would influence a decision, a Pentagon statement listed, are “safe and effective operation of weapons,” and health and safety hazards to the personnel wearing the apparel.

 

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20 Responses to “Pentagon Allows Kippa and Beard If They Don’t Endanger a Mission”

  1. Dianna Shand says:

    Ok can they still pray. Or have a nativity scene on base?I’m totally for this. But keep Christ in it.

  2. here come the head scarves

  3. Greg Sheremeta says:

    Funny…the US Navy had a beard policy from '71 until '83. Plus I never had any problem wearing a kippot while in uniform.

  4. Keep X in wearing a kippah? Or did you just have to mark your territory with a big Jesus turd?

  5. How would a kippah endanger a mission? More than a cross? More than a flag? And a beard would make soldiers look more like men than skinheads.

  6. Anonymous says:

    Are you F***ing kidding me????? THIS IS AND ALWAYS WILL BE A CHRISTIAN NATION!!!! What the hell is wrong with these people??? OUR MILITARY??? A place of supervision and discipline???? WHY do you succumb to that religious BULL****???? Screw these a-holes, there is a military dress code, there are RULES, abide by them, OR GET THE HELL OUT! END OF STORY….you have GOT TO BE KIDDING ME!!!! I REFUSE, RE F***ING FUSE to be DICTATED TO BY THESE RELIGIOUS "FREAKS"…THIS IS MY COUNTRY….AND IT'S NOT F***ING MUSLIM FREAK SH**….GOT THAT?

  7. Funny do you criticize the special ops people and seals who grow beards for the hell of it? That is also against regs but everyone turns a blind eye to it. You have got a serious problem with Jews don't you?

  8. Who let that last guy out of the asylum?

  9. they are allowing turbans to, huge red flag

  10. kippah clips are a great way for our troops to keep there kippah on. They also work with short hair and any kippah they put them on. http://www.kippahklipz.com

  11. Lana Merle says:

    So, does that mean that more Orthodox Jews will join the army ?? I doubt that this has been a big issue, but I rather see it as a way to slowly break down unity in the services.

  12. Moishe Pupik says:

    My F***ing country too. And my kind is about to surpass your white-a** kind numerically in a couple of decades. So keep quiet and enjoy the freedoms my country gives you, just remember it ain't yours alone.

    And stop the cussing, children are reading this website. Show some respect.

  13. Edward Lobel says:

    This is MY country and I do not want ignorant idiot bigots like you telling me what I can and cannot do! Furthermore, you have no idea of what you are talking about. Where in the Constitution does it say anything about this being a Christian nation? NO WHERE! The founding fathers of this country were anything but religious and did not want any religion to control anything! If the military makes the rules for the military, then whatever rule they make becomes the rule!

  14. Do not read the other comments. It will only anger you over the rift between Jews and Christians.

  15. Maynard Miller says:

    My question is, "how does this effect combact effectiveness"? I served 20 years in the army but we had men as leaders, not pussys, just as MacArthur said after the 2nd WW. "We have won our last war" These kiss ass policies don't make soldiers. Soldiers are supposed to obey orders, not make them. When I read this I just want to puke.

  16. Maynard Miller says:

    It also dosen't say that our leaders have to kiss Muslin asses, but they do so on a daily basis because they are pussys.

  17. Edward Lobel says:

    Maynard Miller you are simply an ignorant idiot!

  18. Edward Lobel says:

    with soldiers like you no wonder we haven't had a win since WWII
    Soldiers ALWAYS make the rules for soldiers! If the new rules allows beards and kippas, then that is the rule and no ignorant idiot like you is going to change it!

  19. This will lead the way to Chabad Rabbi's volunteering as Chaplains. Rather than being "pussys", Chabad rabbi's would have a religious reason why they would need to be able to wear a beard and Kipah. And they love to serve. The USA took longer than Israel to accept that, in certain cases, a beard would not get in thh way of unit cohesiveness.

  20. Maynard Miller I agree with sentiment that the current administration has been too permissive regarding Muslim armed forces personnel flouting the rules.
    I suspect that the intestinal fortitude of this administration is not the reason, though, rather their agreement that the USA is too big for its britches and that as "Citizens of the world" they have a duty to take the USA down a few notches.

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