While Christians in the U.S military continue to face discrimination, the Army has made it easier for Sikh and Muslim personnel to wear beards, turbans or the hijab (Muslim head scarf) while in uniform. Outgoing Army Secretary Eric Fanning has revised the uniform policy to accommodate those seeking to dress according to religious law.

The Becket Fund for Religious Liberty hailed the new policy, saying, “New regulations just issued by the Secretary of the Army provide that—except in rare circumstances—sincere followers of the Sikh faith may no longer be forced to abandon their religious turbans, unshorn hair, or beards to serve their country.” READ MORE