Let Sikhs Serve U.S. Army With Religious Identity: Lawmakers

June 26, 2009

Author: Staff Writer

Source: RTTNews


Three influential Congressmen have strongly supported two Sikh American army officers to let them serve the U.S. Army with their religious identities, reports say.

Lawmakers Carolyn Maloney, Rodney Frelinghuysen and Joseph Crowley, in a letter to Defense Secretary Robert Gates cited other Sikhs' service in the U.S. Armed Forces and in its allies' militaries to support their argument that Captain Kamaljit Singh Kalsi and Captain Tejdeep Singh Rattan should be permitted to serve the U.S. Army.

Congresswoman Maloney, and Congressman Crowley in a joint letter dated June 17 to Gates, wrote: "Throughout our history, our nation's military has succeeded in training individuals from diverse backgrounds and communities to achieve one unifying goal: to protect and defend our nation.

"Providing Lieutenant Rattan with a reasonable accommodation would simply be an additional chapter in this long history of military success."