US army to allow turbans, beards, hijabs for servicemen and women
Sikhs can now wear turbans in the US army (picture courtesy of the Sikh Coalition)
Eastern Eye Staff
The US Army has issued a new regulation under which servicemen who wear turbans, hijabs or beards can now be enrolled in the military, making the force more inclusive of minority religions and cultures. The new set of rules, issued by Secretary of the Army Eric Fanning, allows religious accommodations to be approved at the brigade-level. Previously it was at the level of Secretary. Once that approval occurs, the change will ensure that the religious accommodation is enduring and applies to most positions within the US Army. “This is a major progress, not just for the Sikh-American community but for…
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