Sikh Turban Allowed in the U.S. Military

A federal judge has ruled that the U.S. Army has violated a Sikh college student’s, Iknoor Singh, rights by requiring he remove his turban and facial hair, in order to join a ROTC program. This lawsuit is a result of Singh being denied a religious accommodation for his religious dress

U.S. District Court Judge Jackson said a recent law that protects the religious freedom of those involved in the military prevents the army from barring Singh due to his religious dress.

This ruling does not necessarily mark a precedent for exceptions to the dress code as the military allows retaining beards for medical reasons. Religiously however, this is a victory for Sikhs who wish to join the military – they can now do so without sacrificing their religious beliefs.

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