Wednesday, March 26, 2014

Sikh Soldiers in the US Army

The Sikh’s have long had a reputation as fierce and deadly warriors. The British learned that lesson well and formed a number of Sikh Regiments that fought with great distinction and success. After India became an independent country, many Sikh soldiers remained in British service, and still do to this day. 

Over the years there have been a large number of Sikh’s that have immigrated to the United States and have become U.S. citizens. Many of them, as loyal Americans, seek to serve in the Armed Forces. But because of their religious beliefs, which include growing beards and wearing the traditional turban, they have been exempted and excluded from military service. 

The Department of Defense has changed its stance and now allows Sikhs to serve --and  uniform regulations are being modified to accommodate their religious beliefs. 
I say – “Good for us!” Having Sikh soldiers will enhance the fighting capabilities of the Army. Although it may take a little getting used to, I look forward to seeing a unit of these fine and fierce warriors marching on parade in the uniform of the United States! 

Today’s Reflection:
There's a fine line between cuddling and holding someone down so they can't get away. 
Live Long and Prosper…

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