National Affairs: Love, Honor & Red Tape

For the men of the U.S. Far East Air Force in Japan, marriage is more complicated than a bomb sight. FEAF Regulation 30-I has reduced romance to a vast set of military references, attachments, and enclosures.

"Authority to grant permission to marry," it announced, "is delegated to the commanding generals of major commands." Airmen may apply in a "military letter addressed to the immediate commanding officer." Fifteen "supporting documents" must be attached plus affidavits that the courtship "has been of at least six (6) months' duration prior to submission of application."

His. immediate C.O., continues FEAF 30-I, will ask the chaplain to...

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