Yeah, I was in the Australian navy so I understand and agree with almost all you say. My son is currently in the navy so keeps me up to date.
Aaarrrgghh, those fights in Saigon/Singapore/HongKong/Manilla - memories.
Yes, well-presented neat consertative dress is one thing but expecting service personnel to wear another country's religious garb is another. I don't think its wrong to complain about dress codes. I very much doubt that the personnel, upon entering the service, would be advised that "besides turning you into a red-hot fighter pilot we also want you to dress like an Arab".