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Thu Nov 13, 2014, 09:44 AM

 

The Army Is Making Me Choose Between My Faith and My Country

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Iknoor Singh

All my life, I've dreamed of serving my country.

But when I tried to enlist in the Reserve Officers' Training Corps (ROTC) program at Hofstra University, I was told I couldn't because of my religious beliefs. I follow the Sikh faith, which requires that I keep my hair long and wear a turban and beard. The ROTC recruiters said I would not be able to enlist unless I complied with all Army grooming and uniform rules, which would require me to immediately cut my hair, shave off my beard, and remove my turban.

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/iknoor-singh/sikh-army-rotc_b_6147686.html?utm_hp_ref=religion

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