Friday, December 23, 2011

Attention, Army dudes and dudettes:

Want a quick transfer? Put on a funny hat!

A female member of the Junior ROTC obtained permission to wear her hijab while in uniform.

The commanding officer of the Tennessee junior training unit would not give her permission to wear the traditional Muslim head dress while marching in the high school homecoming parade, so she quit the program.

Army brass changed her CO's mind.

As it turns out, soldiers may wear turbans and hijabs while in uniform - on an individual case-by-case basis.

An Army spokesman explained it this way. While JROTC is affiliated with the Army, it is not actually a part of the Army. The new procedures will provide JROTC with a exemption method more similar to current Army procedure mandated through the Religious Freedom Restoration Act of 1993.

That law allows soldiers on active duty to apply for religious accommodation if they want to alter their uniforms in accordance with their religious beliefs. The exemptions are applied on a case-by-case basis. Soldiers who are transferred must reapply.

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