About 2007, a young military recruit was astounded by the orientation program. He contacted the ACLU and things changed.
During the usual items covered in the orientation, a man in fatigues representing the US Operation and Support Command addressed the recruits about their spiritual lives. He spoke about accepting Jesus as their Savior. A highlight of his talk was handing each individual his/her camouflage wrapped “military Bible.”
But, there was no “US Operation and Support Command” or Bible supplied by the military. All this was a ruse. The man and Bible were from the Gideons. The ruse was to make recruits think finding Jesus was what their superiors want them to do.
Eventually, with the help of atheist organizations, the Gideon actors were taken out the orientation program on all military bases. They were relegated to giving Bibles to Christian soldiers off base and having the soldiers bring them on base to place around the lounge areas. This practice was eventually adopted by atheist soldiers who placed secular materials around bases as well.
All of this illustrates the effort is takes to at least reduce the propaganda efforts of Christian groups in the military. The practice of evangelising has historically seemed so much a part of military life it could no one questioned it.
The myth of an Christian military has been challenged, not only by atheist soldiers, but by American soldiers of the Hindu, Muslim, Buddhist and other faiths.
As for the Gideons, they are both unethical and un American.