US agrees to Sikh religious demands

Washington: Meeting a long-pending demand of the Sikh community, the US has allowed career-long religious accommodation for them to serve in the armed forces while maintaining their articles of faith like the turban and beard.

The directive issued by the Department of Defence, provides for career-long accommodation for Sikh Americans and others to serve while maintaining articles of faith.

“We are a stronger nation, and a stronger military, because of our respect for religious and personal freedom, and I’m pleased to see the US Army once again recognise this with its new directive,” Congressman Joe Crowley, who had spearheaded the campaign on behalf of Sikh Americans, said in a statement during a meeting on Saturday.

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