Hi Dane. I'm a reserve infantry officer who was a reserve military musician with the same unit for a decade first. I left my unit but missed the military, so returned to it in a different role. It's challenging fitting in the training with a family and job, and sometimes I wonder if my time isn't better spent on other things, but for now I'm carrying on. In the Canadian military it's quite easy to be an unapologetic atheist since in B.C. over 33% of the population is non-religious, so I'm not shy about doing so. We still have institutionalised religiosity in the form of unit chaplains. I've been quite clear with ours that I'm an atheist, and though we have friendly chats, I won't be using his "services" if I have counselling needs better served by a secular professional.
My name is Randy and in my youth I was perhaps the worst 63S the Army ever had. For you marines and sailors and such, that's a heavy vehicle mechanic (wheeled). To put it into perspective, I am now an actor - two specialties that couldn't possibly have less to do with one another.
I am Vernon Friday (atheistnfoxhole), a Soldier stationed in El Paso, TX. I've been a non-believer all my life. I recently (about 10 years ago) found out I was actually an atheist. I am happy to be among like-minded people.
Aloha Kakou “May there be friendship between us, greetings”
I’m Calvin and if you can’t tell yet, I’m from Hawaii, born and raised. I joined the Hawaii Air National Guard when I was 17 years old; I’ve been in Combat Communication the entire time. Like Sherry Young mentioned, Mobile Communication or what the Guard calls Combat Communication is the AF version of the Army or as one AF general said during an awards ceremony after we got back from Iraq “lets here it for the guys in the Combat Communication Group, the nerds with the guns”. Too funny, nerds with guns, at first his remarks surprised me, but the more I think about it, the more I like it. As far as being an Atheist in the Guard, Hawaii is really divers so I’ve never had any real problems.
Good on you and THANKS from all us non-believers for having the guts to say you're atheist. I'm an atheist with 21 years of active duty in the USAF (and i can't say that's always been really easy to publicly disagree w/ their rituals-but I do).
The good news is more and more of us are coming out of the woodwork!
Hey, have you joined MAAF? -It is really worthwhile.
nellis afb, nv
USAF, 1986-1990, Avionics. I was unlucky enough to get stationed at Ellsworth AFB in SD, but lucky enough to get a shop position. Meaning: I didn't have to work outside in the snow and wind!
I live in San Antonio now. Odd, since taking basic training here in JULY had me thinking I would NEVER come back again. Of course, I still avoid Lackland like the plague. What's funny is that, the few times I am out there, I can see the dorm where I stayed from the freeway. I realize now how close I was to freedom (a bar!), and I never made a break for it! Of course, who would, in those awful uniforms?
My name is Ann Rhodes, and I'm an enlisted member of the US Marine Corps. My MOS is 7242. I've been deployed once to Afghanistan, and it's looking like I'll go again. I'm originally from Mississippi. I've been an admitted agnostic for about a year now.
US Army 1968-1971, 1974-1984
US Army Reserves 1971-1974, 1984-1994 (retired as SFC/E7)
Vietnam Jul 1968-Jul1978
NBC Instructor 1979-1981
MOS's 54B, 54C, 54D, 63J, 63H, 76P
Germany 1969-1971, 1981-1984
My name is Corey and I'm an Airman. Chair Force jokes aside, I work the flightline as a 2W1X1 on F16s. I'm originally from just outside of Washington DC in Virginia. I'm glad I've found this site and this group, it gets to be a bit lonely as an atheist when a chaplain works out of your shop.