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U.S. Military Rejects the Sikh Identity

Sign Our Petition in Support of Sikhs' Right to Serve

"There shall be equality of treatment and opportunity for all persons in the armed forces without regard to race, color, religion or national origin."

President Harry Truman, July 26, 1948


"I was shocked to learn that the Army would expect me to choose between my faith or my service to my country. There is nothing about my religion that stops me from doing my job."

Captain Kamaljit Singh Kalsi, April 7, 2009

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Number Date Name Location Why should Sikhs be allowed to serve in the U.S. Army?
7392 August 13, 2014 Matthew Hemmer Albuquerque, NM An article of Sikh faith is service, called "seva," to the community and society.

Sikhs have a long and illustrious military history serving with the Army of the UK, unimpeded. The Army of the Uk has and does serve along side the forces of the United States conducting the same missions, in the same areas of operation. There is no reason for Sikhs to be barred from military service unless they forsake articles of their religion.

The Sikh faith is a universalist faith and Sikhs believe that everyone is equal, just as the citizens of the United States do. It is a Sikh oath to defend those who cannot defend themselves and have proven that on the field through out history, just like all American soldiers. The Sikh religion aligns very closely to the ideals upheld by America and her soldiers.

Sikhs should be allowed to serve with distinction AND following the tenets of the Sikh Faith because Sikhs are American!

7391 July 14, 2014 Sunny Athwal Elko, NV It shouldn't matter if your Sikh or any other religion you should be able to serve any country you wish to.
7390 April 17, 2014 Harpal Arora Yonkers, NY Sikhs should be allowed to serve in the US army because Sikhs serve in Canada, Britain and Indian army. Sikhs are loyal to the countries they live in and would love to protect those countries. Sikhs love America and are loyal citizens and should be allowed to serve.
7389 September 27, 2013 Jaswant Singh South Riding, VA If sikhs can show an outstanding performance in Indian Armed Forces with their TURBAN then why can't they serve in their new country. US government must change the policies to acomodate other religions with their articles of faith.
7388 July 22, 2013 Kuljeet Binner Liberty, MO Serving the country is where a person gets respect from fellow citizens and also show the world their identity. American constitution promises equality everywhere in every field and should be followed by every law abiding person. Indian Army mostly is composed of Sikhs and has the power to tackle anything.
7387 July 10, 2013 annan colic denver, CO They are citizens and have a soverign right to protect the country they live in. Our country was built on the right of religious freedom and is shameful that as a nation we now discriminate against the priniciples the country was founded on. Disgrace thoroughly!
7386 March 11, 2013 Manveer Singh grantville, PA because all us citizen have the right to freedom of religon
7385 March 06, 2013 Anonymous Anonymus Sikhs are brave and soldiers. They should be given a chance overlooking the physical appearence
7384 October 05, 2012 Amandeep Nagra Atlanta, GA There is no raison detre behind the logic to reject Sikhs because of there faith and attire.

I am sure US Army has ample resources to ascertain how Sikhs are totally different from the negative elements of the society that they are trying to filter.
please don't let us be further victimized for mistaken identity.
7383 August 06, 2012 Anonymous New Hampton, IA Given the Sikh history of service in the armies of the United Kingdom, why not in the US?
7382 June 14, 2012 Harjot Singh London Why not?

7381 May 05, 2012 Anonymous Florence, NJ So I can be amongst one of the Sikhs to be able to serve.
7380 May 03, 2012 Anonymous brampton, ON
7379 February 05, 2012 Serene Singh Colorado springs, CO My father, Dr.G.B. Singh was the very first Sikh to have been able to serve in the U.S. Army. He has a turban, and a beard. The fact of the matter is that they can serve in the army, and my father is living proof of that. Thus, the important focus should be how we approach entrees. It's a matter of awareness of Sikhism, that is essential for every individual in the Army to be familiar with. As a community, we all must enforce these rights granted to every American, being that of civil rights. We are serving for a country, not against it. And knowing this, we dont have to give up, because their is a way to reach the U.S. Army, and be a Sikh. We cannot discourage Sikh youth to not enter into the Army, because how will we gain nationwide understanding and support just by a single individual? Sikhs must continue to fight for these rights, and this acceptance in order to finally see that their is a brightline in our U.S. Army for every Sikh. It isnt an obvious route, but it is existant. Its a matter of teaching, and proving our devotion to America. My father, Dr.G.B. Singh is a prime example, and so is Simran Preet Singh Lamba. Let's take the stories they hand us, and make a difference.
7378 February 05, 2012 Serene Singh Colorado springs, CO My father, Dr.G.B. Singh was the very first Sikh to have been able to serve in the U.S. Army. He has a turban, and a beard. The fact of the matter is that they can serve in the army, and my father is living proof of that. Thus, the important focus should be how we approach entrees. It's a matter of awareness of Sikhism, that is essential for every individual in the Army to be familiar with. As a community, we all must enforce these rights granted to every American, being that of civil rights. We are serving for a country, not against it. And knowing this, we dont have to give up, because their is a way to reach the U.S. Army, and be a Sikh. We cannot discourage Sikh youth to not enter into the Army, because how will we gain nationwide understanding and support just by a single individual? Sikhs must continue to fight for these rights, and this acceptance in order to finally see that their is a brightline in our U.S. Army for every Sikh. It isnt an obvious route, but it is existant. Its a matter of teaching, and proving our devotion to America. My father, Dr.G.B. Singh is a prime example, and so is Simran Preet Singh Lamba. Let's take the stories they hand us, and make a difference.
7377 February 05, 2012 Serene Singh Colorado springs, CO My father, Dr.G.B. Singh was the very first Sikh to have been able to serve in the U.S. Army. He has a turban, and a beard. The fact of the matter is that they can serve in the army, and my father is living proof of that. Thus, the important focus should be how we approach entrees. It's a matter of awareness of Sikhism, that is essential for every individual in the Army to be familiar with. As a community, we all must enforce these rights granted to every American, being that of civil rights. We are serving for a country, not against it. And knowing this, we dont have to give up, because their is a way to reach the U.S. Army, and be a Sikh. We cannot discourage Sikh youth to not enter into the Army, because how will we gain nationwide understanding and support just by a single individual? Sikhs must continue to fight for these rights, and this acceptance in order to finally see that their is a brightline in our U.S. Army for every Sikh. It isnt an obvious route, but it is existant. Its a matter of teaching, and proving our devotion to America. My father, Dr.G.B. Singh is a prime example, and so is Simran Preet Singh Lamba. Let's take the stories they hand us, and make a difference.
7376 January 22, 2012 Sudarshan Datta Ajmer Sikhs are by tradition and history taught to uphold highest ideals in day to day life and to fight for them wherever necessary they are soldierly in their get up in fact fit for their mission of 'do and die' for no low or worldly ambition but for the world to become a better place. This has been the crux of their religion, to uphold it has been their mission and highest ideal. They make the best soldiers and rather it is up to the world community to learn from them their highest possible value system in order to make a good army!
7375 November 20, 2011 William Bryant Kaysville, UT
7374 November 14, 2011 Swaran Singh Ajax, ON They are loyal and sinsear, faithful about their duty
7373 November 07, 2011 SHINDPREET SINGH LEICESTER, AE we have contributed to society more then any other faith and made history and also faught off the mughals single handedly (something the british couldnt do) and also put a stop to alexander the greats quest to endless amounts of service in the british army in both wars..do your research and all stats and facts are here.
7372 September 18, 2011 Gurdev Singh Bharj Hayes
7371 August 02, 2011 Anonymous Elk grove, CA Wearing a turban and uncut hair does not prevent an individual from performing his or her job duties. If the concern is safety, Sikh warriors have fought with turbans since the beginning of Sikhism and they found alternate equipment to maintain safety(a metal head covering underneath the turban, for example).
7370 July 30, 2011 Anonymous kalamazoo, MI Sikhs are patriotic and most loyal to any country where they reside.Although they are only 2 % of Indian Population but they are almost 15 % in Indian Army & defense services.
7369 July 02, 2011 Monique Brar Winnipeg, MB Because they have the sames rights as everyone else, we should not be discriminated against because of religious belief.
7368 June 16, 2011 GILBERT BEL WHITTIER, CA SIKHS HAVE A PROUD HISTORY OF SERVICE!
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