Military A-Week: How to put ATHEIST on your records (all branches)

Yesterday I told you why it was IMPORTANT to stand up and be counted as an "ATHEIST" and not a "NO-REL-PREF". Today, I'm going to tell you how. Army: Walk in to your unit's S-1 office. Ask them to update your ERB or ORB. Tell them you want to fix your religious preference. Tell them you want "ATHEIST". If they say anything about it not being an option, calmly explain that they are mistaken, and to check the list (it's alphabetical for them.) If  you still need more 'proof', here is the … [Read more...]

“A-week” for the military: Demand ‘ATHEIST’ on your records

Don't back down brothers and sisters. Out of those closets. If you have NO-REL-PREF on your records, you are wrong. Go to S-1 today. You walk right in. Tell them you want to update your records. Tell them your religious preference is wrong. They will type a few things. When they get to the correct screen, they'll ask you what you want instead of NO-REL-PREF. You look them in the eye and tell them "ATHEIST". That's it. Nothing else to it. It takes two minutes. "ATHEIST" is on the list, … [Read more...]

Jedi dog tags are actually 100% legit

Kris Thomas Flory just added his dog tags to the pile in the American Atheists Military group on Facebook. Kris Flory: Today was my last day in the US military. These tags cause a minor shit storm when I had them made by another soldier on an army tag making machine at our mobilization station prior to deploying to Africa. Anybody else have "official" tags? Thanks for the service, hero! The government legally can't decide which religions are 'true religions'. The dog tags are not … [Read more...]

Canadian foxhole atheists also have trouble getting accurate dog tags

It's like the guy at almost every dog tag machine all of a sudden forgets about pluralism when an atheist approaches. Len Blakely wrote to me about his experiences in Canada. It sounds all too familiar. After trying about 150 times to photograph it I decided it wasn't working. I managed to cobble together a power cord for my scanner and electrical tape up the usb cable so it worked. At any rate here they are, Atheist dog tags Canadian style. (NRE=No Religion Expressed.) When I first … [Read more...]

Captain Ryan Jean: “Getting ATHEIST on my records took two minutes”

A while back I posted about a heart wrenching and debate-ending example of why foxhole atheists need to demand NO-REL-PREF be accurately updated on their records to ATHEIST. Many are being told that it's not possible - and on the contrary it has been for decades. Captain Ryan Jean wrote to me: It took me two minutes and an open-minded Admin NCO to change my religious affiliation from "NO-REL-PREF" to "ATHEIST" back in 2009. It took me a week of waiting and ten bucks of my own money to … [Read more...]

The atheist Marine Corps recruit that fought the NO-REL-PREF and won!

I needed a bit of good news. I'm sure many of you are of the same mind. Readers may recall a short burst of posts about people being screwed over with NO-REL-PREF on their records at the first stop in their military career. It started with a Marine Corps recruit who was very adamant about wanting ATHEIST on records. Despite this, she was incorrectly told that it wasn't possible. This post immediately brought countless 'me too' comments and stories, clearly indicating that this is a … [Read more...]

Atheist soldier killed in action, family proselytized due to NO-REL-PREF

Another debate-ending story on whether or not it is important to get ATHEIST on your records, rather than the inaccurate and inappropriate NO-REL-PREF. Text below the fold... … [Read more...]

Many more Atheists being forced to accept ‘NO-REL-PREF’

This morning's article about a Marine recruit who got NO-REL-PREF against her will got a bit of attention. Much of it was from people who had almost the exact same experience. I've seen hundreds of comments to that effect in the few posts I've made that dealt with this topic. For instance, shortly after I shared the story, this happened on Facebook: This is undeniably a very pervasive trend, and one that leads to disenfranchisement of our community. Not to mention an under … [Read more...]

Another foxhole atheist given “No-Rel-Pref” against her will

I've written previously about my difficulty getting both my dog tags and my Enlisted Records Brief to accurately reflect 'ATHEIST'. Some of the story is kind of funny and even eventually made it on the Flying Spaghetti Monster website. My corrected dogtags even made it on Wikipedia! NO-REL-PREF makes you a target for proselytism (even more than ATHEIST), as the largest Chaplain's endorsing agency has a policy "... reserving the right to evangelize the unchurched". Every time this subject … [Read more...]