US Reviews Policy to Allow Sikhs to Join Army

June 6, 2009

Author: Staff Writer

Source: Times of India

Following an outcry from the Sikh community, the US defence department has decided to review its policy which prevents Sikhs from joining the country's armed forces.

On behalf of defence secretary Robert Gates, the Pentagon has informed an advocacy group Sikh coalition that it was reviewing current regulations preventing a US Sikh national from serving the army on the ground that they wear turban.

"Although our current regulation establishes the standards of wear and appearance of the uniform, we understand the importance of reviewing the rationale behind our current policies when circumstances warrant," wrote Major General John R Hawkins, director, Human Resources, Policy Directorate, Pentagon.