29 Mar '16, 6pm

3 Sikh soldiers file lawsuit to keep beards, turbans

Kanwar Singh enlisted in the Massachusetts Army National Guard in August, according to the complaint, after he was told his articles of faith prevented him from earning a commission via the ROTC program. He has yet to receive a uniform and has not been allowed to handle a weapon, the lawsuit states; he made a religious-accommodation request shortly after enlisting that has not been ruled upon. He's scheduled to begin basic training in late May. Harpal Singh entered the Army Reserve in November through the Military Accessions Vital to the National Interest, or MAVNI, program. He requested religious accommodations about a week after signing his contract and also faces a May training date without an answer from the Army. Arjan Singh Ghotra enlisted in December and also has a May training date. Ghotra, a senior at a Northern Virginia high school, was interviewed by an Army cha...

Full article: http://www.armytimes.com/story/military/2016/03/29/3-sikh...

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