In bits and pieces the Citadel will crumble and fall if it allows this demand to stand. It is like the nose of a camel asking to breath inside the tent during a sandstorm. Eventually, you will have the whole camel inside the tent with you.
This is ridiculous on so many levels. The uniform and casual dress rules area known part of the agreement to attending the Citadel. Why would you want to attend if it violated your religious beliefs? It has NOTHING to do with religious accommodation. This is a blatant attempt to marginalize standards at a military institution. Where would it stop?
As Written By Susan Svrluga for The Washington Post:
The Citadel considers first-ever uniform exception: allowing a Muslim hijab
The Citadel is considering a request from an admitted student that she be allowed to wear a hijab in keeping with her Muslim faith, a move that would be an unprecedented exception to the school’s longstanding uniform requirements.
If the request for the traditional Muslim hair covering is granted, it apparently would be the first exception made to the Citadel’s uniform, which all cadets at the storied public military college in South Carolina are required to wear at nearly all times. (At beaches, for example, college rules stipulate that, “Cadets will change into appropriate swimwear upon arrival and change back into uniform when departing.”) A spokeswoman said that to her knowledge, in its nearly 175-year history, the school has never granted a religious, or other, accommodation that resulted in a change to the uniform.
As word spread on social media, students, alumni and others responded strongly to the idea of an exception being made at an institution where uniformity, discipline and adherence to rules are defining values, where loyalty to the corps is paramount and individual preferences are trivial.