“…religion is a force of good and it helps me with my discipline. It helps me with my humanity and my desire to serve,” said Major Kamaljeet Singh Kalsi, a doctor in the U.S. military.
“All the great things that I think are a part of my life have come to be because of my religion. I feel my religion makes me a better soldier at the end of the day and the army recognizes this,” he said in an exclusive interview with SikhNet.
In the same interview, he said he had never had any issue with my fellow soldiers that he worked with or deployed with.
“I’ve been in contact, over the years as an ER doctor, with thousands and thousands of soldiers. I’ve never had an issue. Nobody ever said, ‘Hey you’ve got a turban and beard, don’t take care of my gunshot wound,’ or ‘Don’t take care of my arm that has just been blown off.’ No one cares,” he said.
However, things are not all rosy for Sikhs in the US army. US soldiers are still required to ‘apply for an accommodation’ to dorn their turban and beard while in active service.
In May 2013, Kamaljeet testified before the United States Commission on Civil Rights on the right of Sikhs to serve in the US military without giving up their Sikh articles of faith [view video proceeding here].
FOR THE FULL SIKHNET INTERVIEW, GO HERE.