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Sgt. Justin Griffith, Fort Bragg, NC. The US Army distributes a mandatory survey called an SFT, which stands for “Soldier Fitness Tracker”. The purpose of this survey is to measure an individual soldier’s competency in four areas, Emotional, Social, Family and Spiritual. Justin is an atheist, as well as a highly dedicated soldier, but according to the SFT, he is “unfit” to serve specifically because he is a non-believer.
Originally posted by traditionaldrummer
As an atheist I'd have to agree. We don't want cognitive, rational people in the military who can identify B.S. when they see it. If you're willing to believe people are born of virgins and rise from the dead you're also likely to believe that killing people for your country and your god is acceptable also. The numbskulls can go fight while the thinking individuals can stay home and work to progress the nation.
Originally posted by TheBirdisDone
But to generalize that the several hundered thousand people that wear a uniform can't think for themselves is stretching it a bit.
The majority of atheists I've encountered are much higher in moral fiber than theists.
Originally posted by facelift
reply to post by whaaa
How can you make a good soldier that is programed to follow orders.
You're confused...a Good soldier is not a programmed tool, but a rational thinker that puts his country before himself.
It's that simple...and as to the SFT - complete crap...
A soldier isn't a programmed tool? Hmmm, I didn't know that. What are all those drills for? They aren't supposed to have thoughts of their own. They are there to take orders and obey...for the most part.