Sikh Soldier Will Be Allowed To Keep His Hair, Beard, And Turban

October 28, 2009

U.S. (ChattahBox) – In what is being considered a positive step in the right direction for the religious serving in the military, a Sikh soldier has been granted the ability to keep his hair, beard, and turban during his service in the Unites State Army.

Capt. Kamaljit Singh Kalsi signed on with the Army earlier this year. As a doctor, he is among the many professionals that the military has been seeking in recent years.

But he had to put in a formal request over the summer for his Sikh beliefs to be upheld, before he was to serve. This, he had hoped, wouldn’t be an issue, as he was told at the time of recruiting that he would be allowed to adhere to his religion’s requirements.

It was the ruling of Maj. Gen. Gina Farrisee that he be allowed to serve without shaving his hair and beard, but the letter announcing the decision has made it clear that is is a singular ruling, and only applies to the one case.

“This accommodation is based solely on the facts and circumstances of your case,” the letter, released by the Sikh Coalition, said.

“This accommodation does not constitute a blanket accommodation for any other individual.”



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