CHRISTIAN SCIENCE MONITOR – Sikh student sues Army over religious ‘Catch-22’ in ROTC enlistment

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When Rattan and Kalsi were allowed to keep their articles of faith intact, Maj. Gen. Gina Farrisee, then acting deputy chief of staff for Army personnel, justified the decision in a letter, writing that the articles of faith would not affect “unit readiness, individual readiness, unit cohesion, morale, discipline, safety and/or health.”

That justification could be key to Singh’s case, according to Mikey Weinstein, a former US Air Force officer and founder of the Military Religious Freedom Foundation in Albuquerque, N.M.

In this case, Mr. Weinstein says, the burden is on the Army to prove that, by not complying, Singh would negatively impact military readiness, unit cohesion, good order, morale, and discipline.

“That seems to me to be very problematic for the Army to be able to prove that,” says Weinstein.

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