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When I was young and dumb with the rank of E-3, I had no clue how to respond to training we were required to take. We had to report to the base chapel where we were given core training. Core training for the Navy was the standards of Honor, Courage, and Commitment. When the base chaplain gave his presentation, he stated that the belief in Darwin's theory was not in the core values we needed. I asked about evidence including Lucy. I was told she was a normal human suffering from rickets and malnutrition and further more I really needed to search for and find god. Everyone agreed and I felt truly betrayed by my leadership. I did not have god so I had no honor, no courage, and I could not be counted on to commit. It really felt like I was alone and did not belong. I did have the core values needed because I honorably served for 20 years fighting multiple wars and conflicts even if I did not agree with all of them. All of this could have been changed by one preacher with rank and an agenda. But he pissed me off and I showed my courage. This is the 21st century this has to stop. I did not need god then and I don't think young military personal need god forced on them now.

Wed, 13 Jun 2012 09:50:39 UTC | #947170