Fade to gray

Military | Proposed military guidelines could muzzle evangelical officers and chaplains
by Stefanie Hausner
Posted 12/24/05, 12:00 am

Shortly after Kevin Radman arrived at the Marine Corps Officer Candidate School in Quantico, Va., last summer, his sergeant instructor ensured that each member of the unit had access to a chapel service. "He did not ask how many people were religious, he asked what sort of religion you were," recalls Mr. Radman, now a second lieutenant. The sergeant needled the lone candidate who said he was an atheist. He'd better find God, he said, because "you need to find something to hold on to."

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Attack formation

Defense | Despite scandals and ethical lapses, a mantra of tolerance threatens Air Force Academy's evangelical chaplaincy
by Mark Bergin
Posted 5/07/05, 12:00 am

Still reeling from a series of sexual assault accusations in 2003, the Air Force Academy has slipped into yet another public-relations nightmare in recent weeks. Critics have charged the well-ordered institution with letting religious fascism run wild. The supposed culprit: old-fashioned evangelicalism.

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Can't count the days

Military | Combat deployment can be especially tough for reservist families.
by Les Sillars
Posted 3/05/05, 12:00 am

Patrick McCarron joined the Virginia National Guard in the wake of 9/11, says his wife Inna, because "it just shook him so much. He wanted to do something." So Mr. McCarron, who worked in maintenance at the U.S. Geological Survey in Reston, Va., spent the next few years as a "weekend warrior." They knew he could be shipped overseas but, like many Guard and Reserve recruits, "thought it would be a more local-type thing," she says, probably helping with homeland security.

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