The woman made history by becoming the first Sikh to graduate from the US Military Academy at West Point.
Lieutenant Anmol Narang, a second-generation immigrant born and raised in Roswell, Georgia, is the first Sikh to be released from West Point. It follows religious practices, including cache, which calls for hair to grow naturally.
“Being a Sikh woman is a very important part of my personality, and if my experience can play a small role, inspiring others, regardless of career, it will be great,” Narang said. The 23-year-old graduate hopes her efforts will encourage Americans to learn more about the fifth largest religion in the world.
Narang stated that she decided to go to West Point to study nuclear engineering and pursue a career in air defense systems after visiting the Pearl Harbor National Memorial in Honolulu, Hawaii.
In 1987, Congress passed a law prohibiting various religious communities, including Sikhs, from practicing certain beliefs while serving in the army. For 30 years, Sikh troops were not allowed to practice basic principles, including unshaven hair and turban. In 2017, restrictions were lifted.