posted on Feb, 4 2010 @ 11:33 AM
This article interested me very much, and I hope that after one reads my post one can understand that, in the Air Force, non-Christians, in general,
are frowned upon and regularly harassed/abused.
For one, I am an Air Force Veteran. I was an Electronic Warfare Systems Technician, AFSC 2A0X1D. The system I worked with was a drop pod that went on
to A-10 aircraft.
When I was stationed at my base I had a fellow airman who was a Mormon priest. Now, I do not portend to know the ins and outs of the Mormon faith, and
we would talk about his religion on an ongoing basis, not in an argument situation, but I have always been interested in other cultures, whether
religious or secular. Now, he claimed that he had to wear ritual undergarments that we not supposed to be touched by gentiles, which is what he called
all non-Mormons. While in boot camp, he explained this to the military training instructor (MTI). The MTI told him that the airman would not be
allowed to wear said garments. The airman finally contacted a Mormon chaplain, whether at Lackland AFB or somewhere else, I do not know, but the
chaplain had to speak to his Officer in Charge at the training squadron. Then he had to go through the whole spiel again when he tried explaining that
he, and only he, must launder his garments.
I identify myself as a Zen Buddhist. Over the Christmas holidays, I volunteered to work on both Christmas Eve and Christmas day, because we had to
have manning of our shop, even when the base was on "down" time. I explained to my Sergeant that, in exchange, I could have off May 26, as the
temple in the town was having a Kanbutsu-e for the celebration of the Buddha's birthday. He looked at me right in the eye and said "They're ain't
no Buddha in a G*d D*mn foxhole." I was stunned. I still worked Christmas and Christmas Eve, but had to leave to have off for my religious holiday. I
didn't fight it, I just accepted it.
When I was in tech schooling, there was an airman in my dormitory that identified himself as a pagan. Every night, this other airman in our dorm would
read Bible passages at him from outside his door. When the airman complained, he was basically told "deal with it".
Sorry about the length but I just wanted to give everyone what I've seen while enlisted.