Our nation’s military has a deep and rich history of close connectedness with Christian faith and military service.

And while there is no religious test to be in the United States armed forces, there certainly seems to be a fair bit of animosity directed at members who still honor the faith of their forefathers.

This animosity has festered for some time, and in recent years it’s even become the case that religious freedoms in the military have become severely restricted. Especially Christina beliefs.

It’s been well documented that there have been hundreds of instances in all branches of the military where top-brass has been going after chaplains and service members when they do little more than pray, or peacefully express their religious beliefs.

And while the military is slowly changing its policies towards religious freedom for Christians, other religions are gaining way more accommodations than ever before.

In a first of its kind ruling the powers that be have agreed to let 3 men who identify as Sikhs to wear their turbans as part of their uniform.

After these three men were told they couldn’t wear their religion’s customary religious wear they sued to ensure they could be in the Army while also remaining true to their beliefs.

Their lawsuit was eventually ruled on and the verdict was these men would be able to wear their turbans and keep their beards while in service.

“After months of waiting, I’m ecstatic that I can finally serve both God and country,” Private Arjan Singh Ghotra, one of the plaintiffs, said in a written statement. “I will be forever grateful to the Army for at least letting me go to boot camp. I look forward to proving that I can serve as well as anyone and am hopeful the Army will extend my accommodation afterward.”

Ghotra is a 17-year-old high school senior who enlisted with the Virginia Army National Guard.

Religious accommodations were also granted to Specialist Kanwar Singh, who joined the Massachusetts Army National Guard after seeing its response to the Boston Marathon bombing, and Specialist Harpal Singh, who joined the U.S. Army Reserve through the Military Accessions Vital to the National Interest program, which allows legal noncitizens who have in-demand skills to join the Army in exchange for expedited citizenship.

Devout followers of Sikhism, a South Asian religion, wear turbans and have unshorn hair.

Under a 2014 rule change, the armed services will accommodate religious requests for individual service members unless the request would interfere with military readiness, a mission or unit cohesion.

There are a great number of people who argue it shouldn’t matter if these men want to wear turbans and keep their beards in service to their country.  They maintain anyone who wants to serve our nation should be allowed to do so.

Others argue that is true, but certain religions (like the Sikhs) shouldn’t be given special accommodations while Christians and others are scrutinized and forbidden from following theirs.

What do you think about all this? Do you think there’s a double standard that needs to be addressed?

Tell us in the comments below.