Fully Accept Sikhs in the U.S. Military


Fully Accept Sikhs in the U.S. Military

WHEREAS, the Sikh community has been an integral part of the American fabric for over a century and made numerous contributions to the progress and prosperity of our society, including a proud tradition of military service dating back to World War I, but the U.S. military effectively banned devout Sikh soldiers from serving in the 1980’s by tightening appearance regulations and continues to severely limit their ability to do so; and

WHEREAS, when the U.S. Army recently made limited progress by granting three Sikh soldiers the opportunity to serve while wearing turbans and maintaining unshorn hair and beards in accordance with their religion, two of these patriotic Americans have served admirably in Afghanistan, one receiving a Bronze Star Medal for his service, and another earning a NATO Commendation Medal; and WHEREAS, America’s allies, including Great Britain, Canada, and India, presumptively allow Sikhs to serve in their militaries, and by allowing devout Sikhs to serve with their articles of faith intact, America’s military can project core values of pluralism and equal opportunity to the world and expand its pool of qualified soldiers;

THEREFORE BE IT RESOLVED, that the California Democratic Party joins with the members of Congress who have called upon the Secretary of Defense to end the presumptive ban on devout Sikh soldiers in the U.S. Armed Forces by modernizing the U.S. Armed Forces’ appearance regulations so that patriotic Sikh Americans can serve their country while abiding by their articles of faith, and THEREFORE BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED, that the California Democratic Party urges our representatives to support ending this religious discrimination and call for the U.S. Military Administration to give devout Sikh Americans an equal opportunity to serve in the U.S. Armed Forces.

Sponsored by Sonoma County Democratic Central Committee


Adopted by the California Democratic Party
At its Summer/Fall 2015 E-board Meeting
Hyatt Regency
August 16, 2015

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