SAN ANTONIO – The soldiers in standard-issue fatigues andAmerican soldier. I am a warrior and a member of a team. I serve the people of the United States and live the Army values …”stood side-by-side repeating their creed: “I am an
Tejdeep Singh Rattan was no different except that he wore a full beard
and black turban, the first Sikh in a generation allowed to complete basic
without sacrificing the articles of his faith. He completed the
nine-week training Monday after Army officials made an exemption to a
policy that has effectively preventedSikhs from enlisting since 1984.
“I’m feeling very humbled. I’m a soldier,” said the 31-year-old dentist, smiling after the ceremony atFort Sam Houston. “This has been my dream.”