Wednesday, April 06, 2016
The Khalsa shall rule!
"In a decision by the U.S. Army Thursday, Capt. Simratpal Singh, a decorated Sikh-American officer and combat veteran, has received a long-term religious accommodation to serve with long hair, a beard, and turban in accordance with his Sikh faith."
But the turban has to be digital camo, I see.
Interesting, in that given the Sikh tradition of military service and the U.S. Army's need for warm bodies I'd have thought this one would be pretty much a slam dunk a long time ago.
But, then again, peacetime armies tend to be kinda anal about uniform regulations. Frankly, I'd have loved to see AR 670-1 updated to include something like this as Sikh dress blue headgear:
Ain't gonna happen, sadly. My Army just doesn't have the passion for fashion. Sigh.
Anyway, consider this an open thread about the minutiae of military dress.