Military

Gay vet supporting trans rights

Trump’s Twitter Policymaking Jeopardizes Transgender Troops

July 28, 2017

On Wednesday, President Trump announced in a series of three tweets that the United States military will no longer allow transgender people to serve “in any capacity” on the grounds that transgender troops cause the military to “be burdened with tremendous medical costs and disruption.”

Transgender people have only been allowed to serve openly in the Armed Forces since last year, when the Obama administration...

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Sikh U.S. Army captain wearing a camouflage turban

U.S. Army to Permit Religious Turbans, Beards, and Hijabs

January 15, 2017

The United States Army will now allow soldiers to wear turbans, hijabs, and other religious markers, according to a new policy issued last week.

The new uniform regulations come after years of petitions from Sikhs, whose religious beliefs mandate them to grow their hair long and keep their heads covered with a turban. Army grooming standards compelling men to be clean-shaven particularly restricted Sikh men from enlisting, because to do so would require them violate the precepts of their faith.

In March, the United States Army determined that their standards—which allowed...

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Jehovah’s Witnesses Jailed for Conscientious Objection in South Korea

Jehovah’s Witnesses Jailed for Conscientious Objection in South Korea

November 7, 2015

In South Korea, where military service is mandatory for all adult men, Jehovah’s Witnesses find themselves torn between their religious convictions and the law.

Since South Korea passed its Military Service Act in 1965, an estimated 18,000 South Korean Jehovah’s Witnesses have been jailed for refusing to serve in the military. The two-year commitment is required of all able-bodied men...

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