Infantryman Sgt. Gurpreet Singh Gill donned the turban only after joining the US Army.
The 30-year old soldier, who has served in the U.S. Army since 2014, began wearing the turban and maintaining uncut hair and beard after the US army made what they call the accommodation.
Sgt Gurpreet said that the move meant that those serving the US Army no longer had to ‘choice’ between their faith or their country’.
“The US army is the most diverse army in the world….We live in a world diversity,” he said.
Sikhs serving in the US Army received a permanent accommodation for their articles of faith in 2017 after three Sikhs, with the assistance of US-based Sikh Coalition, initiated a law suit in 2016.
Gurpreet, who is with the 1-2 Stryker Brigade Combat Team, is currently serving as a cultural advisor during exercise Yudh Abhyas 18 at Chaubattia Military Station, #India.
This is the 14th iteration of the bilateral exercise focusing on sharing military and techniques, in addition to cultural exchange between the partnered nations, according to an update at the U.S. Indo-Pacific Command Facebook page entry.
He was born in Jaipur, Rajasthan, and immigrated to the U.S. when he was 24 years old in 2012. It was his dream to join the Army, the entry added.
US army rules Sikh officer can keep turban, beard on active duty (Asia Samachar, 2 April 2016)