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Religion waivers for the military

3 years 4 months 4 days ago January 22, 2014 Jan 22, 2014 Wednesday, January 22 2014 January 22, 2014 6:33 PM in News
Source: Associated Press
By: Michael Marsh

WASHINGTON- The Pentagon approved a new policy that allows members of the military to ask for waivers to wear religious clothing, seek prayer time or engage in religious practices.

The waivers will be allowed on a case-by-case basis and depends on where the military member is serving and if it would have an impact on readiness or missions.  Before now there was consistent policy to allow accommodations for religion.

It means Jewish military members could ask for a waiver to ear a yarmulke, or Sikhs could ask to wear a turban or grow a beard. Others could request prayer time or to carry beads or other articles.

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