Why Aren't There More Sikhs in the US Military?

Decorated Captain Simratpal “Simmer" Singh is a devout Sikh who has finally prevailed against a three-decade ban preventing observant Sikhs from serving in the U.S. Army.

As a child, Captain Singh wore the patka, a small turban worn by Sikh children to cover their unshorn hair. In high school, he began wearing a full turban and beard - also core “articles of faith" in the Sikh religion - to remind him of the inherent dignity and equality of every individual before God. He expected to wear these articles of faith to his death.

That is, until he joined the US Army...