Traditional Sikh Serves As Army Dentist On Fort Drum

June 1, 2010

Author: Paul Steven Ghiringhelli

Source: SikhNet

Aside from a striking physique, Capt. Tejdeep Singh Rattan is not what you would visually expect from a U.S. Army Soldier.

Rattan, a 31-year-old devotee of Sikhism, was granted special exemptions last year regarding Army Regulation 600-20 that permit him to wear a beard and a turban while in uniform to comply with the religion of his youth and native Punjab, India.

Soft-spoken and intensely religious, Rattan takes great pride in himself and his faith for what he has accomplished.

"I'm very proud to be here," said the post's newest dentist. "I believe I did a good job by asking (the Army) for permission, because a lot of (Sikhs) assimilate right away and then regret (it) afterwards and cannot live with themselves.