Sikh-American Simratpal Singh wins right to serve US Army with beard, turban.
April 04, 2016
An Indian –American Sikh military officer in US has been granted permission to wear a religious beard and turban while in uniform
, the media reported .
The US Army’s decision to the make permanent religious accommodation for Capt. Simratpal Singh makes him the first active-duty
combat soldier in decades to be permitted to wear a turban and beard,
The ruling ended the protracted battle that pitted individual religious freedom rights against what the military said was a need
for uniformity and strict safety standards.
Singh , 28 , an observant Sikh had to cut his hair and shave his beard when he joined the West Point military academy in 2006.