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« Reply #15: August 03, 2009, 08:14:12 pm »

For the record, my experience in the military (three different states' Army National Guards) has not really been anything like the breeding ground of Evangelical fervor that it has been painted with in a handful of news articles and subsequently, post after post of alarmist panic out here in the internets.

Most of us never see a Chaplain, and snicker behind their backs when they come around anyway.  Most guys are not extremely religious, and those that are are usually pretty quiet about it.  The Army is not really a place for the thin-skinned, and you can pretty much count on getting good-natured teasing for anything possible, including your religion: I'm out as a pagan, and I dish it out as well as I take it.

All I'm saying is, don't blow this thing out of proportion.  Even if there are hundreds of chaplains who are totally out of line, don't overestimate the influence chaplains have over the average joe.

Thanks for the balance! Some of those articles really concerned me a while back.
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« Reply #16: August 03, 2009, 10:50:50 pm »

Thanks for the balance! Some of those articles really concerned me a while back.

What people often don't get is not only how different of a culture the military really can be, but more importantly how that culture is pretty much nothing like they think it is.  So it can be really easy for stories like this to completely freak people out who don't have a lot of exposure to the military.
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« Reply #17: August 03, 2009, 11:04:42 pm »

What people often don't get is not only how different of a culture the military really can be, but more importantly how that culture is pretty much nothing like they think it is.  So it can be really easy for stories like this to completely freak people out who don't have a lot of exposure to the military.

Fortunately, TC has a fairly good share of ex-military posters.
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