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  •  I know Muslims are actively serving. (3+ / 0-)
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    MrJersey, Pris from LA, neroden

    Have had for years.

    Not sure about the student population at the Academy though my husband says we definitely have foreign students attending who are Muslim. I would be surprised if we didn't have at least a couple of Muslim American students as well.

    As to promotions - in general, your religion isn't a concern. Nor are your politics. Your job performance is. You can promote without going to church. You can promote if you go to a temple or to a mosque or to the bar every Friday night. As long as your job performance is good, you should survive the system. That said, there are always cases of discrimination in the promotion system. They would mostly occur in actual performance reports since the system itself is designed to have multiple eyes looks at the reports and prevent arbitrary decision from ruling the day.

    Does anyone talk to them?  You know, religion doesn't rule the military world. We all talk to each other all the time. Do some families feel isolated? Yes. Definitely. Is their religion part of the problem? Depends... sometimes yes, sometimes no. Is their politics? Progressive families are sometimes more likely to live off base and find outside community support. But I've known conservative families to do the same thing.

    Honestly, the military support system isn't designed to handle the extreme diversity that exists in our United States. It works only if people are willing to let people live their lives without telling them how they should live their lives.  Some people want religious support. Some want secular support. It's been harder since the wars started - we're stressed, we're tired, we rely on each other way too much.  I think the last thing most of us are worried about is our neighbor's religion.

    I wish I could tell you that no Muslim had experienced a Christian trying to get them to convert, but I know that wouldn't be true. But I wouldn't be surprised if that same Muslim hadn't tried to convert the Christian in return.

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