I've decided now that I've got over 10 years under my belt I need to make myself available to other service members who may need some help with issues related to being a non-believer in today's military.
If I had to do it over, the only thing I'd change is asking to put "Atheist" on my dog tags.This is not rhetoric, but fact supported by the latest polls that show atheists to be the least trusted group in society.I will never, ever, kneel before the supernatural; however, as a soldier and as an American citizen, the Constitution is the supreme word, not religious texts.The individual people in the unit were mostly accepting of, or apathetic about, my atheism.Happiness IS getting what YOU need.Return to Top Army National Guard Specialist Jacob Retz Specialty: Truck Driver/possible officer Dates of Service: 3/3/99 - 3/2/03 (Navy) and 11/7/10 (NG) Decorations: Sea Service Deployment Ribbon, Armed Forces Expeditionary Medal, Navy Unit Commendation, Meritorious Unit Commendation, National Defense Service Medal Tours of duty.More specifically, I am interested in the study of beliefs, values, and norms of a culture or group of people."Strongly guarded as is the separation between religion and Government in the Constitution of the United States the danger of encroachment by Ecclesiastical Bodies, may be illustrated by precedents already furnished in their short history." (Detached Memoranda, circa 1820).I found myself, as a nonbeliever, sticking up for soldiers of other faiths, when their voices went unheard.I do feel that it is a shame that a secular nation founded by enlightenment thinkers is so open to bending over backwards to support any and every religion's request.To have prayed, in my mind, would have been a waste farmer wants a wife 1 episode in 2013 of valuable brain resources better used in ensuring my, and those in my charge, surviving.Decorations: Army Achievement Medal Tours of duty: Minnesota Army National Guard, Army Reserve While I did sit through some unit assemblies with the Chaplains (some mandatory, most not I never had to deal with mandatory prayer.It saddens me to hear that this is not the normal way we atheists are treated.
Served in small province capital in Vietnam for 2 years, while no where to the extend of those in direct combat arms, did come under fire frequently.
January 2009-March 2011, DiLorenzo TriCare Health Clinic, The Pentagon, Washington,.I urge you to stand up for your beliefs and make it known that we exist, and that we are dedicated to making a positive influence on this world through moral and right acts, based on reasoning and human compassion, not ancient archaic beliefs.Now that I studied Christianity a little, I just can't believe that there was time when I actually accepted.The longer I was in, the stronger my atheism got.After the military, I served as a judge in Bellingham, Washington.I can't know for sure that there is no god.Return to Top Army Warrant Officer 1 Christopher Roberts Specialty: Flight Student Dates of Service: through present Decorations: Army Commendation Medal, Army Achievement Medal, Army Good Conduct Medal, Global War on Terrorism Expeditionary Medal, Iraq Campaign Medal with Campaign Star, Non-commissioned Officer Professional Development Ribbon.
Tours of duty: Vietnam Tours; June 1966 to June 1967 and November 1968 to December 1969 By the time I joined the Marines at age seventeen I was at least an agnostic, if not yet an atheist.
The other guys around me looked at me like as if I asked something so ridiculously stupid.
Sill for Field Artillery Officers Basic Course (May to Nov 2004 Giessen, Germany 2d Battalion 3rd Field Artillery Regiment as a Fire Support Officer for 1-37 Armor, Battery Fire Direction Officer, and Motorized Rifle Platoon Leader (Nov 2004 to Present).
Tuesday, June 26, 2018, community Family 4th Fest to kick off with Lions Club breakfast and parade Town of Chesterton South Calumet Road repave is complete, another gas leak on North Calumet Road Cincoski tells days and hours of legal use of fireworks in town.