When I was in the military, the whole concept of the uniform was so that everyone looked the same as much as possible.
There are so many reasons for the general sameness of the majority of military uniforms that it would take all day to run through all of them.
It’s almost like interchangeable parts on a gun. Imagine if every M-16’s trigger was shaped differently. That would be such a problem.
However, we are now in the business of catering to everyone just because they think that they are special and deserve to do it because they think they deserve to do it.
The United States Air Force is making updates to its dress code policy that will affect millions of people. In an effort to be more inclusive of people of all religions, the Air Force has agreed to accommodate Sikhs and Muslims who wear turbans, beards, and hijabs as part of their religion.
The new guidelines, which have become a source of breaking news, were posted and finalized last week to assure Muslims and Sikhs that they are welcomed in this branch of the United States military and can wear the religious requirements of their faith while on duty.
Besides hijabs and turbans, religious practitioners are allowed to wear beards and unshorn hair while serving in the United States Air Force under the updated guidelines for the dress code.
So long as people maintain a “neat and conservative” look, they can maintain the headdress and style requirements of their religion.
These dress code rules must pass a review board. This accommodation must be reviewed within thirty days for cases inside the United States.
For cases abroad, the view must be completed within sixty days. Members of the United States Air Force who pass this accommodation review can expect the accommodation to follow them throughout their career in the military branch.
Before this dress code change was made, Sikhs and Muslims had to make individual pleas for accommodation from the brass, which was reviewed and accepted on a case by case basis.
This approval process wasted a lot of time and took many taxpayer hours just to grant a religious person the right to wear the headdress or style required by their religion.
The updated dress code makes it clear that these exceptions can be made for religious reasons and provide a timeline for approval.
Although Sikh and Muslim groups agree that the Air Force has made a positive step in the direction of inclusion, they question why other branches of the military continue to make it difficult for people of these religions to practice the faith of their choice and serve in the United States military at the same time.