Considering a military career? What every atheist needs to know first.

Dear Justin, I am considering joining the Navy, and would like advice on how to go about it as an atheist. What do I tell the recruiter? Are there atheist chaplains? What do I put on dog tags as my religion? Is being an atheist in the military looked at like being gay/lesbian, in regards to "don't ask don't tell"? I really appreciate your time, and thank you for getting back. - (name withheld) Advice on how to go about as an atheist: Start out strong, out of the closet. Encourage … [Read more...]

The Army? It’s just like call of duty bro, you’ll be a hero.

A friend of mine just posted this on my Facebook wall. I hadn't seen it yet, and thought it was pretty funny. Do you know any 'recruiter jokes' or memes? In related news, the school for Army Recruiting no joke. I have very little free time, and I'm under the impression that I'll have even less when I actually start recruiting. I'll try to post more soon. Update: Though I find The Onion to be generally unfunny, every once in a while it's spot on. Somebody linked me to this, and I … [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...]