Military Lodges

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  1. Visiphon

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    Are people able to be initiated and receive their degrees in a military lodge?
     
  2. hfmm97

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    Yes they are-are you in the military or are planning to join?I will inform you that most of the time, the needs of the military come FIRST.


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  3. hfmm97

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    Most of the military lodges in the USA are in the historically African-American Prince Hall Association system, which particularly in the Southern USA, does not always have visitation privileges with the so-called “mainstream” primarily European-American Grand Lodges...Texas recognizes its PHA counterpart, but Louisiana does not yet.


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  4. Warrior1256

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    In 2011 the Grand Lodge of Kentucky and Prince Hall Grand Lodge of Kentucky recognized each other as regular by neither extended visitation privileges to the other. In 2016 they extended visitation privileges to each other but plural memberships between the two are not allowed.
     
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  5. Benjamin Baxter

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    It doesn’t make sense to not want that pipeline for the mainstream side. The good ones will crave something like this during and after military service. That might be something that PHA is doing better.


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  6. hfmm97

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    Upon further research it appears that the PHA military lodges appear to have been established by PHA masons overseas-I could not find one in the USA. But I am not a member of PHA so I could stand to be corrected by a PHA brother.


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  7. Bloke

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    If they have a warrant without restriction, yes they can.

    It is worth noting the phrase "military lodge" can have different connotations. I would imagine you refer to traveling warranted lodges comprising members of the military traveling with a certain unit. Here, Military Lodges are simply those who have a military focus. We have several; Army Lodge, Victorian Naval and Military, & United Service. Several have decided to surrender their warrants in recent years and they included Commando Memorial Lodge and also Vietnam Veterans Memorial Lodge , the first being a post WW2 lodge, the second being one where many members were Vietnam Vets and decided not to operate their lodge anymore.
     
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  8. hfmm97

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    Bro Bloke, Texas also has Australian-style lodges that were founded by brothers in the US military near military bases (Oso (bear in Spanish) Naval Lodge Corpus Christi, TX) and Army lodge in San Antonio TX-my understanding is that you do not have to have ever been in the military to join.


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  11. Bloke

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    Does that mean you get to drink beer at lodge ?
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    Bro Bloke: While in my much younger years I did partake of much Foster's - eventually I developed a low tolerance for alcohol-most of the time Masonic (and appendant body) meetings are "dry" (no alcohol permitted) in Texas - I know Canadian lodges have a full bar...


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    Bro Bloke: The O S O Naval lodge in Corpus Christi Texas (coastal) and the Army lodge in San Antonio TX (central) I believe were originally founded by military personnel and I believe that one does not have to have been a military veteran to join those lodges..The Corpus Christi lodge O S O (without the spaces, it is the Spanish for bear) Naval has Masonic functions on board a decommissioned World War II aircraft carrier USS Lexington now converted to a museum


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  15. hfmm97

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    And no, particularly in the Southern part of the USA, except for small amounts of wine used in the Scottish and York Rite rituals our blue lodges are "dry" - no alcohol permitted on premises (for alcohol control boards, permitting, civil/criminal law (I'm not a lawyer but I've discussed this issue with brothers who are lawyers))


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  16. hfmm97

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    Our great Northern neighbour, CANADA, permits lodges to have a full bar (but since I no longer drink booze, it's all the same to me) under their GL law.


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  17. hfmm97

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    Rather under the laws of each GL of the particular province or territory.


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  18. Bloke

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    You drank Fosters ? Oh dear... no fear though, we must overlook failings in our Brethren :D
     
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