http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2014/01/23/pentagon-religious-clothing_n_4651050.html Needless to say, I am in complete and utter disagreement with this decision. In my opinion it undermines the basic precept of being a soldier, of which I have waxed rhapsodic in the past, I know. A soldier is a paradigm, a living contract joined to his or her fellow living contracts in an agreement of behavior and action on the battlefield. A military doesn't work if the soldier "believes" his or her group will act in a certain way. It has to be a knowledge, not a belief. That's the whole reason of a uniform. It says "regardless of where we come from, what we believe, what we worship (or don't worship), for now, in this place and time, we are the same. We are soldiers. We are Soldier. We will protect and help one another without thought or hesitation." I remember once seeing an airman remove his BDU cover to reveal a yarmulke underneath. This was in the early 90's in Berlin. I don't find a yarmulke offensive in the least. His being jewish is neither here not there to me. I would never think to judge someone along those lines. But his non-standard presentation in uniform shocked me. It made him stand out as different. I don't begrudge him in the least his pride of culture and religion. He has every right to it. But the lack of conformity was a break in the Contract. It was unnerving and disturbing to me, not as a person, but as a soldier. Thoughts?