Air Force Drops Christian-Themed Nuclear Ethics Training Session

July 31, 2011

The United States Air Force has dropped its mandatory training session for nuclear missile officers after a report by Truthout.org on recently released documents that showed the Air Force was using religious doctrine to justify actions by officers.

The documents showed that the Nuclear Ethics and Nuclear Warfare course, which takes place during a missile officer’s first week at Vandenberg Air Force Base in California, is led by Air Force chaplains who reference Christian teachings and Bible passages. The Christian-themed materials had reportedly been used for more than 20 years. Air Force officials said they would develop new content if the course were reinstated.

The Center for Inquiry (CFI) previously condemned the U.S. military’s unconstitutional use of Biblical rhetoric in mandatory training, which should be wholly secular and applicable to soldiers and officers of all backgrounds, and is pleased to see the Air Force take quick action to remedy the situation.