07 Aug '18, 10am

With beard, turban exemption granted, Sikh Army captain plans to 'move forward’ - News - Stripes -

With beard, turban exemption granted, Sikh Army captain plans to 'move forward’ - News - Stripes -

WASHINGTON — Army Capt. Simratpal Singh expressed relief Friday that he can continue his “lifelong dream” of military service while properly observing his religious obligations as a Sikh. The Army has granted the West Point-educated engineering officer a long-term religious accommodation allowing him to wear a beard and unshorn hair under a turban, requirements of his Sikh faith. “The best thing about it is I can just go back to doing my job,” Singh said Friday in an interview with Stars and Stripes. “I can put all this stuff behind me and move forward and just go back to being a regular soldier.” Singh, a Ranger-qualified officer who earned a Bronze Star Medal for his service in Afghanistan, received permission to abide by those tenets of his faith as long as they do not potentially impair his safety under hazardous conditions, Debra S. Wada, the assistant secretary of th...

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