Wearing Hijab in the U.S. Military

Meet Capt. Maysaa Ouza, the first Air Force JAG Corps officer allowed to wear a hijab while in uniform. The daughter of Lebanese immigrants, Ouza was first told she could only request a religious accommodation to wear her hijab after formally commissioning. But Ouza challenged this decision and petitioned the Air Force to reconsider its policy. She was awarded an early religious accommodation and the Air Force allowed her last year to wear her hijab during commissioned officer training, as well as in her role as chief of legal assistance at Scott Air Force Base.

Published on Mar 18, 2019

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