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Old 04-12-2017, 08:13 PM
 
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So people suggest I not mention my religion(Christianity) in the military. Others beg different.

What do you think?
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Old 04-12-2017, 08:46 PM
 
Location: Richmond, VA
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So people suggest I not mention my religion(Christianity) in the military. Others beg different.

What do you think?
Christianity of some form or another is almost certainly the majority religion in the US military. But no religion is official in the military, and there's a sizable community of irreligious (atheist or agnostic) as well as Jewish, Muslim, and several more esoteric religions.

Don't be afraid to live your religion, or to go to services. Just don't try to evangelize, act like your preferred form of Christianity is the only one, or wear it on your shoulder like a chip. It won't be appreciated.
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Old 04-12-2017, 09:04 PM
 
Location: Billings, MT
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They will ask your religious preference, so that it can be put on your dog tags.
The most common choices are "Catholic" or "Protestant". This tells the Chaplain what type of final prayers would be appropriate (if any).
Of course, if you want "Baptist" or "Presbyterian" or "Methodist" or "Atheist" or "LDS", that is your choice. Very few of your companions will care.
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Old 04-12-2017, 10:35 PM
 
Location: Middle America
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You'll find all kinds.
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Old 04-13-2017, 07:53 AM
 
Location: San Antonio
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I'm not sure who told you this, but the are actual churches on base, and the military is total supportive. I can go to church services, get my kid baptized, get married, all on the base. Additionally, for the Air FOrce, they let you go to church on Sunday even in basic training. At major events, like awards and other banquets, they actually start the night off with a group prayer led by the base chaplain. Just last week I received a base-wide email invite to a prayer breakfast. No reason to give up your religion.
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Old 04-13-2017, 10:24 AM
 
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Yes, RP (Religious Programming specialist) is an entire enlisted rating (i.e. equivalent to MOS, AFSC) in the Navy. They support chaplains, who are commissioned officers. So not only can you be religious, a religious role can actually be part of your job.
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Old 04-13-2017, 11:26 AM
 
Location: Richmond, VA
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At major events, like awards and other banquets, they actually start the night off with a group prayer led by the base chaplain. Just last week I received a base-wide email invite to a prayer breakfast. No reason to give up your religion.
I want to amplify something: yes, there may be an opening prayer. But it's as nondenominational as it gets. You won't hear talk about the Holy Trinity, be invited to take communion, or hear words discussing the Angel Moroni. Those are all specific to particular brands of Christianity, and that's what you have to watch out for, because at those mandatory or public events-there can't be preference for one religion over another.

Second, prayer breakfasts are optional. I served an extremely long career and never attended one.
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Old 04-13-2017, 12:52 PM
 
Location: Forests of Maine
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There is an extremely wide selection of denominations that can be put on your dog tags.

http://www.public.navy.mil/bupers-np...s/1000-070.pdf

I was Protestant Layleader on 3 different boats, and we had a lot of different faith groups.
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Old 04-13-2017, 01:41 PM
 
Location: Middle America
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I want to amplify something: yes, there may be an opening prayer. But it's as nondenominational as it gets. You won't hear talk about the Holy Trinity, be invited to take communion, or hear words discussing the Angel Moroni. Those are all specific to particular brands of Christianity, and that's what you have to watch out for, because at those mandatory or public events-there can't be preference for one religion over another.

Second, prayer breakfasts are optional. I served an extremely long career and never attended one.
My experience is also that such things are purposefully nondenominational and very consciously generically done.
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Old 04-13-2017, 03:31 PM
 
Location: Los Angeles
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When I joined as an atheist I specifically put down Methodist thinking that if the Iranians went to a hot war and I was captured then it would have been better to fake being a man of the Book than not. But that was 20 years before the beheading videos
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