USA First Sikh In US Army Visits Khalsa College

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The first Sikh in US Army Tejdeep Singh Rattan, who joined the force without sacrificing the articles of his faith, today visited the city and shared his experiences with college students.

While interacting with students of Khalsa College, his alma mater, Rattan said he "faced many ups and downs in life, but emerged victorious on every occasion."

He said "never say die attitude" help him to reach his goal.

Rattan, a 31-year-old dentist, was graduated last year from the Army Officer Course after the force made an exemption to a uniform policy that has effectively prevented Sikhs from enlisting since 1984. He will soon be commissioned to serve in Afghanistan as Captain in US Army.

"Sikhs mean a lot to the world," he said, adding that in future too he would follow the ethics of Sikhism in letter and spirit.

College Principal Daljit Singh honoured him on the occasion.

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AMRITSAR: The first Sikh in the American army, Tejdeep Singh Rattan, interacted with students of Khalsa College and shared his experiences with them. He told them about the many ups and downs and the hardships he faced in the US, and how he finally emerged victorious. He revealed that he was rejected to be part of the American army on several occasions only because he had refused to give up the symbols of Sikh faith.

Rattan said that he appealed to the Pentagon that he be allowed to sport the symbols of Sikh religion, which was agreed to following which he finally became a part of the US Army. Rattan would now be shortly commissioned to serve in Afghanistan as a Captain in US Army. He expressed hope that following his example, other Sikh youths would also venture into diverse fields to make a mark for themselves. Daljit Singh, principal of the college said that it was a proud moment for Khalsa College as one of its alumnus had proved his mettle and brought honour and esteem to the entire Sikh community.

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AMRITSAR: The first Sikh in the American army, Tejdeep Singh Rattan, interacted with students of Khalsa College and shared his experiences with them. He told them about the many ups and downs and the hardships he faced in the US, and how he finally emerged victorious. He revealed that he was rejected to be part of the American army on several occasions only because he had refused to give up the symbols of Sikh faith.

Rattan said that he appealed to the Pentagon that he be allowed to sport the symbols of Sikh religion, which was agreed to following which he finally became a part of the US Army. Rattan would now be shortly commissioned to serve in Afghanistan as a Captain in US Army. He expressed hope that following his example, other Sikh youths would also venture into diverse fields to make a mark for themselves. Daljit Singh, principal of the college said that it was a proud moment for Khalsa College as one of its alumnus had proved his mettle and brought honour and esteem to the entire Sikh communit
 
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