Started by Hawk200, December 17, 2019, 11:07:15 pm
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Quote from: Hawk200 on December 17, 2019, 11:07:15 pmConsidering this is allowance for the Air Force uniform, does CAP make similar accommodation for our variant uniforms?
Quote from: Spam on December 18, 2019, 01:22:15 pmThis has come up already from time to time.(Ref: http://captalk.net/index.php?topic=20898.msg384021#msg384021 for example).Having run the gates on the seek-a-waiver drill (up through NHQ/DP) it was pointed out that no waiver was required for my members to wear religious headgear such as a hijab (muslim female), kippah (jewish male - yarmulke), or turban (sikh male), as long as they adhered to the guidance in the manual.CAPM 39-1 26 JUNE 20184.108.40.206. Religious Apparel. Members may wear certain visible items of religious apparelwhile in uniform. Religious apparel is defined as articles of clothing or dress that are part of the doctrineor traditional observance of the religious faith practiced by the member. Hair and grooming practices arenot included in the meaning of religious apparel. Jewelry of a religious nature must conform to standardsset forth in this regulation for wear of non-religious jewelry. Head coverings must be plain dark blue orblack without adornment. In addition, they may be worn underneath military headgear if they do notinterfere with the proper fit or appearance of the headgear. For example, Jewish yarmulkes meet thisrequirement if they do not exceed 6 inches in diameter.So, my cadet in question at the time had already, believe it or not, sourced a BDU woodland camo pattern hijab, as well as an AF blue one, which she wore on alternating weeks depending on the uniform of the day! We had to ask her to shelve the camo one, which she did wear on PT nights just for fun (she kidded that she needed to get a blaze orange one for nighttime PT safety). All was well, and I've since seen a couple of other cadets follow in her wake, locally.Follow up: she is now an active duty junior NCO, serving proudly. Also the two jewish brother cadets I mentioned years ago (who wore yarmulkes in uniform) are both cadets at Colorado Springs (USAFA). Presumably all three continue to correctly wear religious headgear while serving America.So, on headgear, no drama, no waivers required, AF Blue or black only, and Press On!On other religious accommodation issues, some further discussion may be required. Say, if a hypothetical young sikh cadet states a need to wear Kesh (uncut hair), Kangha (a wooden comb for the hair), Kara (the iron bracelet), and carry a Kirpan (small dagger, generally a 3" meets the rule as I understand it), that's not explicit in 39-1 and may need some discussion/documentation. This are long-documented religious principles from their faith, and have long been respected in the British military, who have long valued Sikh and Gurkha warriors as among the worlds best. My opinion - good on DoD for being smart enough to welcome the capability brought by honoring this diversity.R/sSpam
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