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The U.S. Department of Defense (DOD) today updated its policy dealing with religious apparel and hair grooming that U.S. service members can wear or display while in uniform, allowing body art and piercings in some cases.

“The new policy states that military departments will accommodate religious requests of service members, unless a request would have an adverse effect on military readiness, mission accomplishment, unit cohesion and good order and discipline,” U.S. Navy Lt. Cmdr. Nathan Christensen, a Pentagon spokesman said today.

Requests will be accepted on a case-by-case basis, according to the Pentagon instruction that updated the military’s religious accommodation policy.

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