Sikhs in Service
August 9, 2012 2:34 PM Subscribe
posted by brookeb (52 comments total)
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There are 22 Sikhs currently serving in the U.S. Army
. Since 2010
they have been allowed to leave their hair and beards uncut and wear turbans.
Sikhs have been serving in the U.S. army since World War I and between 1948 and 1984 were allowed to serve while "retaining their articles of faith." In 1984 a ban was put in place alleging that turbans and uncut hair present health and safety hazards, which effectively barred practicing Sikhs from serving.
Army Captains Tejdeep Singh Rattan
and Kamaljeet Singh Kalsi
were among the first to re-break down the barrier to service and Rattan has said, "I'm living what Sikhs believe in, which is service for others ... and this is the best place to do it, with the military."