New Army regulations let soldiers wear hijabs, turbans and religious beards

May 2012
By the wall

The U.S. Army has issued a directive on grooming and appearance regulations that allows observant Sikh men and conservative Muslim women to wear religious head coverings.
The policy, announced Tuesday, also permits*Sikh soldiers to maintain their beards and female soldiers to wear their hair in dreadlocks.

"The Army has reviewed its policies to ensure soldiers can serve in a manner consistent with their faith so that we can recruit from the broadest pool of America's best," Army Secretary Eric Fanning said in a statement.
"Over the last year, the Army conducted rigorous evaluation and validation of how commonly requested accommodations would impact force effectiveness," Fanning said. "Our goal has always been to ensure soldier readiness and safety while providing reasonable accommodations for these established and recognized faith practices."

"Military experts have always questioned why the U.S. military has restricted Sikhs from serving,” said Eric Baxter, Senior Counsel at Becket Law, which acted as co-counsel on Captain Singh’s behalf. “Our Army will be stronger and our nation safer with Sikhs serving alongside their fellow Americans.”
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What are your opinions on this?

If they take that flag off their sleeve they may be recognized as the other side.
Jan 2007
Maybe crossing dressing will be forthcoming. People should be able to self identify. Who needs conformity.
Dec 2014
The Milky Way
Bad idea, and one amongst many from the Øbama administration regarding the U.S. military.


Feb 2010
What's the history on this? What other deviations from uniform have been allowed in the past?


Former Staff
Nov 2006
I might agree more of there was a draft. But no one is forced to join the military. I don't support these changes, it'll only divide the troops from within the ranks.