Sikh in Service

TitleSikh in Service
Publication TypeCase Study
Year of Publication2016
AuthorsBoxall, SF, Funke, MB, Myers, GA, Watson, J
Date Published2016
PublisherAssociation for Practical and Professional Ethics
Publication Languageeng
AbstractOn March 31st, 2016, Army captain Simratpal Singh received a long-term accommodation from the military that allows him to serve with his beard, unshorn hair, and turban, as required by his religious beliefs. Captain Singh is a United States Military Academy Graduate, Bronze Star recipient, an immigrant, and a Sikh. When Singh was accepted to West Point, his family celebrated the continuing military service that is a feature of traditional Sikh lives. However, after being denied a religious accommodation, Singh was required to remove his turban, shave and—for the first time in his life—cut his hair. ” Since the 1980’s, the U.S. military has been intransigent in their attitude toward uniformity in a very particular model of Western appearance. However, these type of accommodations indicates that that attitudes might be relaxing.
NotesCase from the 2016 Regional Intercollegiate Ethics Bowl. Copyright, Association for Practical and Professional Ethics, 2016