The Army is now performing a study to see if facial hair can safely be worn by soldiers. You know what that means? No more silly mustaches — you may finally be allowed to grow out a luscious face forest.
In 1675, Tegh Bahadur, the ninth spiritual master of the Sikhs and a brilliant military leader, was actively pushing back against the Mughal empire’s intolerant policies of forced religious conversion. After Hindus from the Kashmir region implored him for help, Tegh Bahadur sent the Moghul emperor, Aurangzeb, a challenge: “If you can convert me to Islam, then all of the Hindus in Kashmir will also convert to Islam. But if you can not convert me, then you must let them practice their religion in peace.”
The Army has made it easier for Sikhs and observers of other religions to serve in uniform while upholding the tenets of their faiths by simplifying the process to receive a religious appearance accommodation.
Photo by Jovelle Tamayo courtesy of The Sikh Coalition
Sikh Army Capt. Simratpal Singh filed a lawsuit against the Defense Department on Feb. 29, seeking a waiver to wear his turban and keep his long hair and beard while in uniform, as is customary in his faith.