March 27, 2012 – U.S. Air Force Removes Squadron Officer School Mandatory Chapel Attendance Policy

An active duty CGO (Company Grade Officer- 2ndLt., 1stLt., Captain) of the U.S. Air Force contacted MRFF seeking assistance when he found the curriculum of the Squadron Officer School (SOS) contained a chapel attendance mandate. International law firm Jones Day submitted a letter on behalf of MRFF to Secretary of the Air Force Michael Donley and Air Force Chief of Staff Gen. Norton Schwartz demanding removal of language from Air Force training documents that mandates regular chapel attendance as part of the “Spiritual and Ethical Responsibilities” of a commissioned Air Force officer.

In a letter dated April 2, 2012, the Air Force Judge Advocate confirmed that the documents containing the chapel attendance mandate had been removed from the curriculum of the Squadron Officer School. On behalf of MRFF and its clients, international law firm Jones-Day followed up by sending a letter to the Air Force Judge Advocate re-iterating MRFF’s demand that the Air Force open a review of mandatory training materials to identify and remove other similarly unconstitutional language. Due to continuing vague responses regarding review of additional mandatory training material, Jones Day filed a FOIA (Freedom of Information Act) request on behalf of MRFF on April 26, 2012.

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