Source: News Bharati English08 Oct 2016 16:46:32

Washington, October 8: As per the directive issued by the Department of Defense, the US has allowed career-long religious accommodation for Sikhs to serve in the armed forces. The campaign was headed by Congressman Joe Crowley on behalf of Sikh Americans. This request by Sikh community was pending since long time.

Crowley in a statement said, "We are a stronger nation, and a stronger military, because of our respect for religious and personal freedom, and I'm pleased to see the US Army once again recognize this with its new directive,”

"Sikh Americans love this country and want a fair chance to serve in our nation's military on equal footing. I believe we should embrace this wish for religious freedom, not place restrictions on it," he further added.

Crowley says that this step is taken in a right direction as he strongly believes that Sikhs and others must be granted an accommodation, or permission, to serve in the US Army. These accommodations are not guaranteed and permanent and can be revised timely.

The fact that Sikhs are allowed to serve in army forces without compromising with their religious faith and belief like turban and beard is worth appreciating. Service members have also been required to remove their articles of faith while their accommodation request is pending, once again subjecting them to the difficult position of choosing between their faith and their job.