In stark contrast: how the military in the UK, Australia and Canada are adjusting to religious freedom
Compared to the United States, military manuals in countries like Australia, Canada, and the United Kingdom have clear and distinct guidelines that take into account the religious concerns of their troops.
In the Army Dress Manual of the Australian Army, it is clearly mentioned in Chapter 2 that for “a member of the Australian Army, male or female, who adheres to the Sikh religion”, “the hair and beard may remain not cut. “,” Five other symbolic requirements of the Sikh religion, …
Chapter 2, Section 3, Clause 14 to 21 of the Canadian Forces Dress Instructions, which includes rules specifically for Sikh members of the Canadian Armed Forces, prescribes the same guidelines as those mentioned above in the Dressing Manual. Australian Army army outfit. .
Finally, Chapter 2, Section 3, Clause 0238 of the UK’s BR81 Royal Navy and Royal Marines Uniform Regulations also prescribes the same rules regarding uncut hair and beard, symbolic requirements of the Sikh religion and the turban.
The United States, on the other hand, does not make any special directives for Sikhs in the military, Code 774 clearly states that the secretary has the power to prevent an American Sikh serviceman from freely exercising his religious rights which he are also available outside. the military.