from The American Thinker:
Over the last 8 years, in addition to fighting Obama’s numerous wars, the US army has served as a gigantic social sciences lab under this president.
Gays can serve openly, as can transgender people. The government will even pay for some gender reassignment surgeries for trans soldiers. Women are now eligible for some combat roles, including special forces.
It seems that President Obama has cared more about imposing his cultural agenda on the military rather than winning wars.
Now, in the waning days of the administration, the army has decided to take the idea of a “uniform” and turn it on its head. If approved at the brigade level, Muslim and Sikh soldiers can now wear the hijab, as well as grow beards for religious reasons.
Since 2009, religious accommodation requests received by the Army have largely been from soldiers wanting to wear a hijab or a Sikh turban or patka with uncut beard and hair, according to the directive.
“Based on the successful examples of soldiers currently serving with these accommodations,” Army Secretary Eric Fanning wrote in the directive, he decided to move forward with those accommodations as long as the colors match the uniform of the day.
“The Army has reviewed its policies to ensure we allow every opportunity for qualified soldiers to serve, regardless of their faith background,” Lt. Col. Randy Taylor, an Army spokesman, said in a statement. “We believe in preserving the First Amendment right of free exercise of religion for those who want to serve in the U.S. Army.”
But when training or deployment calls for it, soldiers will still be required to wear combat helmets or other protective gear.
“While we still seek a permanent policy change that enables all religious minorities to freely serve without exception, we are pleased with the progress that this new policy represents for religious tolerance and diversity by our nation’s largest employer,” said Harsimran Kaur, legal director for the Sikh Coalition, in a press release from Becket Law, a firm that represents several Sikh soldiers.