Celebrating Progress; 2nd Sikh to Graduate Basic Training with Articles Intact
(San Antonio, TX) September 18, 2010 - Captain Kamaljeet Singh Kalsi graduated from basic training last week at Fort Sam Houston in San Antonio to great fanfare from the Sikh community. At the end of 2009 Capt. Kalsi became the first Sikh to be accommodated by the U.S. Army to serve with his turban and beard in over two decades.
Though the Army's general policy prohibits Sikhs from serving while maintaining their articles of faith, Captain Kalsi's successful completion of basic training provides more evidence that Sikhs can practice their religion while effectively serving in the military.
Last week's graduation marks another significant milestone in the campaign to ensure Sikhs may freely serve in the U.S. Armed Forces. The Coalition looks forward to the day when military policy allows any Sikh to serve without having to make an accommodation request. It is the Sikh Coalition's intention to continue fighting until every Sikh can freely assume the profession of their choice, without discrimination.
As always, the Sikh Coalition calls on all Sikhs to stand up for their rights and fearlessly maintain their articles of faith.
To view photographs from Captain Kamaljeet Singh Kalsi's graduation, click here
To read the military's article, covering the Captain's graduation, click here.