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.

In December, Singh — a West Point graduate, Army Ranger, and Bronze Star recipient — received a temporary accommodation to serve in the military with his articles of faith intact.

In March, a U.S. district judge issues a temporary restraining order against additional non-standard, discriminatory testing. According to The Sikh Coalition, which is representing Singh with The Becket Fund for Religious Liberty and the law firm of McDermott Will & Emery, Singh is the first Sikh American to receive religious accommodation while already actively serving in the U.S. Army.

Capt. Simratpal Singh, who won the long-term ability to serve with his Sikh articles of faith intact on March 31, 2016. Jovelle Tamayo / The Sikh Coalition

“My military service continues to fulfill a lifelong dream,” Singh said in a statement. “My faith, like many of the soldiers I work with, is an integral part of who I am. I am thankful that I no longer have to make the choice between faith and service to our nation.”


Unlike other Sikh Americans who have requested religious accommodation at thebeginning of their military careers, Singh has already been serving in the U.S. Army for over 10 years with short hair and no beard or turban.

RELATED: Three Sikh-American Soldiers File New Lawsuit Against U.S. Department of Defense

“Captain Singh’s case is a painful study in the onerous hurdles for observant Sikh Americans who want to serve their country,” Amandeep Sidhu, partner at McDermott Will & Emery, said in a statement. “With this historic accommodation, we hope that the U.S. military will finally move past protracted, case-by-case religious accommodations and recognize that the time for permanent policy change is now.”

RELATED: Sikh-American Military Officer Files Lawsuit to Serve with Turban, Beard

Before 1974, Sikh Americans were allowed to serve in the U.S. military with their articles of faith intact. Since 1981, stricter grooming regulations have required requests for religious accommodation on a case-by-case basis. Until now, only three had been granted. Meanwhile, about 50,000 U.S. soldiers have permanent beard exemptions for medical reasons, according to Singh’s team.

The Sikh Coalition, The Becket Fund for Religious Liberty, and the law firm of McDermott Will & Emery also filed a lawsuit last week on behalf of three Sikh-American soldiers seeking religious accommodation before their basic training begins in May.





  1. A helpful post, I just passed this onto a co-worker who was doing a little analysis on that. And he in fact bought me dinner because I discovered it for him. smile.. So let me reword that: Thanks for the treat! But yeah Thank you for spending the time to talk about this, I feel strongly about it and love reading more on this topic. If possible, as you become expertise, would you mind updating your blog with more information? It is extremely helpful for me. Two thumb up for this blogpost!
    pierre hardy for cheap

  2. Well, this is my very first visit for your weblog! Were a group of volunteers and starting a brand new initiative in a community within the same niche. Your weblog offered us useful info to work on. Youve got carried out a marvellous job! Anyway, in my language, there arent much good source like this.
    patagonia jackets outlet


Please enter your comment!
Please enter your name here