DS learned yesterday from someone associated with our MOC to prepare to be ready to answer the following question in a MOC interview this fall: "Should Muslim women be permitted to wear the hijab if they are appointed to USNA?" DS did some research last night and found that US Army is apparently allowing beards and possibly hijab for religious purposes but the only instance of an SA involved denial by Citadel for a Muslim woman's request and subsequent acceptance by Norwich. Without giving away too much personal information, DS (not a Muslim) attends a school in which about 25% students are Muslim and hijab is as common as cargo shorts (and it really is no big deal - young ladies in hijab compete in all sports, swim, go to the prom, and are regular teenagers at DS's HS). Crop tops and short shorts are a way bigger issue. Persons who are more familiar with our MOC than us say this issue is near and dear to the heart and given where DS goes to HS and went to middle school, will likely want to hear his view. Not being military, we are ignorant as to the possible practical reasons why a hijab would not work at USNA. Are there any cons for USNA? In the Navy? As an officer? Deployed? Could it restrict certain post-academy jobs? Is this something Navy is currently dealing with? DS's off-the-cuff answer is "Of course! Why not?" but then we got into a discussion of possible Why nots and he would like to be prepared with a more nuanced response. Thanks in advance. Don't want this to become a question that precipitates controversy.