JROTC Okays Uniform Changes

Changes are coming to the Army’s junior reserve officers’ training program that would allow cadets to wear religious head coverings after a Muslim high school student in Tennessee wasn’t allowed to participate because she wore a headscarf.

The Army office for diversity and leadership said in a letter this week to the Council on American-Islamic Relations that procedures are being developed to allow exemptions to their JROTC uniform policy based on religious beliefs, such as a hijab or a turban.

A Muslim student at Ravenwood High School in Brentwood was told she could not wear her hijab while marching in a homecoming parade earlier this year.

Army spokesman George Wright said JROTC policies would be changing to allow for greater accommodation of religious beliefs and practices.