The Citadel Considers Uniform Exception for Muslim ‘Hijab’

The Citadel Considers Uniform Exception for Muslim ‘Hijab’

In 2014, the Pentagon announced that members of the various branches of the United States Armed Forces would be permitted to wear religious clothing, have a designated prayer time, and participate in other religious observances.

Under the new policy, troops would first need to apply for a waiver before an individual would be accepted or rejected for an exemption.

This policy would allow for military personnel to wear turbans, grow beards, wear a yarmulke, or carry prayer beads if approved for a waiver.  According to the Department of Defense (DOD), religious exemptions would be granted on a case-by-case basis, and may be denied if such practices would interfere with an individual or unit's mission.

This, of course, has had a trickle-down effect on ROTC programs and military academies, and now a controversy is brewing at the Military College of South Carolina — more commonly referred to as The Citadel.

To read about how the administration there is between a rock and a hard place in decided whether to allow a Muslim female student to wear her hijab with her uniform, continue reading on the next page:


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