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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, www.nydailynews.com reported.

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.

 

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