- A request for religious accommodation will be promptly granted if it will not affect mission accomplishment.
- Where an accommodation would affect mission accomplishment, the "compelling interest"-"least restrictive means" standard of RFRA will be used if the military requirement involved "substantially burdens" a service member's exercise of religion.
- Where mission accomplishment is affected and the military policy does not impose a substantial burden, an exemption from it on religious grounds will be denied whenever the needs of mission accomplishment outweigh the needs of the service member.
DoD has a compelling government interest in ... elements of mission accomplishment such as military readiness, unit cohesion, good order, discipline, health, and safety, on both the individual and unit levels. An essential part of unit cohesion is establishing and maintaining uniform military grooming and appearance standards.Wall Street Journal reports on the new policy.