Here’s a story from a fellow Air Force vet who happened to be involved in the same program I was, albeit at a different installation. Enjoy!
When I went through Basic Training, on Sunday when the other girls went to Church, I went to the Wicca group. It was all they had and it was better than nothing at all. I needed to be around other polytheists or lose my damn mind. If I heard one more time “Jesus will get me through this” I was going to barf.
At my Tech school (that’s where they train us for the actual job we’ll have in the Air Force), I was stationed at Sheppard Air Force Base. They have a student leadership program through the Chaplain’s office known as the White Ropes because we wore white ropes on our shoulders and I had the honour of being that Base’s first Wiccan White Rope ( I had to use the term “Wiccan” because that is the accepted term in the military).
There weren’t many responsibilities attached to this status, but it was very cool to be the go-to person for the Chaplains when they had questions about Polytheistic religions and ambassador to all the non-Monotheists coming in after me. I even got to “rope up” my replacement before I left. That was really cool.