Monday March 27, 2017 06:40 PM EST

US Sikh Soldier Asks for Military Policy Change

US Army Maj. Kamaljeet Singh Kalsi is on active duty as the emergency medical services director at Fort Bragg. He was given the Bronze Star Medal for exceptional performance during two tours in Afghanistan. (courtesy: Maj. Kamaljeet Singh Kalsi)

US Sikh Soldier Asks for Military Policy Change

US Army Cpt. Tejdeep Singh Rattan was promoted to detachment commander of dental activity at Fort Drum in 2010. He received an Army Commendation Medal and a NATO Medal for his service in Afghanistan. (courtesy: Maj. Kamaljeet Singh Kalsi)

US Sikh Soldier Asks for Military Policy Change

US Army Col. Arjinderpal Singh Sekhon served as an Army doctor from 1984 to 2009. He was stationed in many posts around the country, and was called for active duty during the First Persian Gulf War. He was a battalion commander, decorated with various awards including a Presidential Unit Citation, Joint Meritorious Unit Award, and an Army Flight Surgeon Badge. (courtesy: Maj. Kamaljeet Singh Kalsi)

US Sikh Soldier Asks for Military Policy Change

US Army Col. Gopal Singh Khalsa joined as a private in 1976 and served in the Special Forces unit for 10 years on parachute status, as a battalion commander overseeing an 800-person intelligence group. He received a Meritorious Service Medal with Silver Oak Leaf Cluster Award, amongst many other honors. Gopal Singh is still in the reserve command and has therefore served in the Army for 33 years. (courtesy: Maj. Kamaljeet Singh Kalsi)

US Sikh Soldier Asks for Military Policy Change

US Army Col. G.B. Singh enlisted as a dentist in 1979 and served until 2007. He was given several honors, including the (A) Prefix, the highest award a medical professional can receive while in the US Army. He was stationed in several areas in the US, as well as Korea. (courtesy: Maj. Kamaljeet Singh Kalsi)

US Sikh Soldier Asks for Military Policy Change

US Army Sgt. Sevak Singh Kroesen enlisted in the reserves in 1976. He was assigned to Signal Company, 11th Special Forces Group, and successfully completed airborne paratrooper and radio-teletype transmission-operator training. He then became a Special Forces communications sergeant and completed missions around the world, all with honor and distinction. He was honorably discharged in 1991. (courtesy: Maj. Kamaljeet Singh Kalsi)

US Sikh Soldier Asks for Military Policy Change

US Army Sgt. Kirnbir Singh Grewal served from 1977 to 1984. He entered the Army as a private and left at the E6 level as a nuclear, biological, and chemical NCO (staff sergeant). While in Germany, he taught companies how to survive a nuclear and biological warfare attack using protective gear. (courtesy: Maj. Kamaljeet Singh Kalsi)

US Sikh Soldier Asks for Military Policy Change

US Army Acting Sgt. Bhagat Singh Thind was recruited in July 1918 to fight in World War I. He received an honorable discharge on December 1918 with a character designation of "excellent." He then fought a legal battle for American citizenship. His case went to the Supreme Court, and lost. (courtesy: Maj. Kamaljeet Singh Kalsi)

US Sikh Soldier Asks for Military Policy Change

Winston Churchill congratulates Sikh soldiers during WWII for a job well done. (courtesy: Maj. Kamaljeet Singh Kalsi)

US Sikh Soldier Asks for Military Policy Change

Sikh soldiers fought as part of the Allied Forces during World War II. (courtesy: Maj. Kamaljeet Singh Kalsi)

US Sikh Soldier Asks for Military Policy Change

Paris: “In the last two world wars 83,005 turban-wearing Sikh soldiers were killed and 109,045 were wounded. They all died or were wounded for the freedom of Britain and the world, and during shell fire, with no other protection but the turban, the symbol of their faith." - Gen. Sir Frank Messervy. (courtesy: Maj. Kamaljeet Singh Kalsi)

US Sikh Soldier Asks for Military Policy Change

Jerusalem: Sikh soldiers guard the streets during World War II. (courtesy: Maj. Kamaljeet Singh Kalsi)

US Sikh Soldier Asks for Military Policy Change

Italy: Sikh soldiers march through Monte Cassino during World War II. (courtesy: Maj. Kamaljeet Singh Kalsi)

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