Date registered: Sep 2007
Vehicle: '98 E320 Wagon (non 4matic)
Location: Atlanta, GA & Malabo, Equatorial Guinea
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back when I was in the USN (over 40 years ago) the ship I was on was very secular. We had a chaplain (Episcopal) but there was almost no overt religious expression.
A year or so ago I watched the (dated) series on PBS about life on a carrier. I was astonished at how much more religiously observant they were on the carrier in the early part of this century vs the Vietnam era.
OTOH, I recognize that the captain's influence is overwhelming so I don't know whether that level of religiosity is widespread or not. Perhaps some younger veteran can offer an opinion.
When I served (1995 to the present Inactive Reserves Marine Corps) there has always been a level of spritiuality. There have always been religious services onboard ship whenever I have been aboard (Gator Navy and Carriers). It has not been "in Your face" but then again, when the 1MC goes off in the berthing spaces some folks think that making the anouncement is in your face.
We did have some Bible study groups when I was deployed and we always just passed that word of mouth or via e-mail. We had a CO that was particularly proud of his pedantic nature and would not let us use the the work computers to pass information on about study meets or anything non-job related.
I think that the nature of the majority of Military personnel is to be somewhat religious or spiritual. I have noticed that the closer to the Fighting position the more spiritual a person becomes, generally. That whole "There are no atheists in foxholes" thing.
Who's John Galt.
"Timeo Danaos et dona ferentes" - Virgil, The Aeneid, Book 2
If the Arabs put down their weapons today, there would be no more violence. If the Jews put down their weapons today, there would be no more Israel. --Benjamin Netayahu