This morning, as a serving member of my countrys' Navy, I participated in "Ceremonial Divisions", a formal parade where a visiting dignitary inspects the troops, medals are awarded, speeches are made. At one point during "Divvies", we are ordered to "Remove Headdress" while the School Chaplain recites a prayer.
Anyone have an opinion on what is essentially being ordered to participate in a prayer? While I direct this question to serving or former members of the Armed Services (of any country) I am interested in everyones' opinion.
For the record, I remove my hat, and watch my fellow sailors, some of who are watching me <g>. IMO, removing ones hat while the Padre talks to the skyfairy is simply "Obeying a Lawful Command"; failure to do so can (and does) get embarrassing and expensive.