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Acceptance of Druidry by the British Forces

Posted: 24 Aug 2011, 21:54
by Alan C
With the introduction of a new and much more open view of all religious and cultural differences Paganism and in particular Druidry has been accepted in to the British Armed Forces in fact to the point that as a serving member of the Army I have just been issued my new ID disks in preparation for my next tour.

Quite a big change from my point of view.

Re: Acceptance of Druidry by the British Forces

Posted: 24 Aug 2011, 23:26
by Susanne
Excellent, nice to see.

Re: Acceptance of Druidry by the British Forces

Posted: 24 Aug 2011, 23:51
by Reyna
Way cool!

OK US, its your turn!

You might try and scratch out the number more-at least on my screen its still pretty obvious. :)

Re: Acceptance of Druidry by the British Forces

Posted: 25 Aug 2011, 00:42
by Jake
Way cool!

OK US, its your turn!
Our turn? US military personnel have been able to put "Druid" or "Pagan" or whatever they wish on their dog tags for many years now. It's nice to see that the UK caught up. :)

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Re: Acceptance of Druidry by the British Forces

Posted: 25 Aug 2011, 02:26
by Reyna
Sweet! When I signed up with the Navy 12 years ago they told me I had to put 'other'.

Maybe it was the peeps who processed my paperwork. They also didn't like how I signed my name *yeesh*

Re: Acceptance of Druidry by the British Forces

Posted: 25 Aug 2011, 10:22
by Astrid
that is absoloutly fantastic gotta love it :D

Re: Acceptance of Druidry by the British Forces

Posted: 25 Aug 2011, 17:55
by Aitrus
I don't have a pic of mine, but mine say Druid as well. Now to get the DoD to recognize the Awen as a symbol for tombstones...They've got the Pentacle, but that's it for Pagans, unless you want to go with the Unitarian symbol.

Re: Acceptance of Druidry by the British Forces

Posted: 11 Jan 2012, 20:13
by Dathi
Greetings,

Resurrecting an old thread. Was sent a link to this clip today. Traditions in the British military. I had to chuckle at 18mins 30 seconds in: The Regimental Druid!!!!
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=W11BbX06 ... re=related

More generally, the discussions on "tradition" are interesting. The what's, why's and wherefor's of how tradition comes about are interesting. Also the importance of tradition "If you don't know where you come from, how can you know where you are going to"?

Also the point (of especial relevance to OBOD) that tradition is not static. Memorable events add layers to tradition.

CFN,

Dathi