US soldiers denied bid to dress according to beliefs
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US soldiers denied bid to dress according to beliefs

Army rejects requests to accommodate religious grooming, garb

US soldiers next to a Patriot anti-missile battery west of Jerusalem (illustrative photo: Lior Mizrahi/Flash90)
US soldiers next to a Patriot anti-missile battery west of Jerusalem (illustrative photo: Lior Mizrahi/Flash90)

The US Army denied the requests of two soldiers to dress and groom themselves according to their religious beliefs.

The soldiers had requested to be exempt from the uniform policy for religious purposes under a new policy approved in January, Reuters reported Tuesday.

Under the revised policy, US troops may be accommodated in observing religious beliefs in their garb or grooming as long as it does not frustrate their mission — Jewish servicemen could be permitted to wear a kippah or a beard.

Army spokesman Lt.-Col. Justin Platt told Reuters that he could not identify the religions of the two soldiers.

The Army has granted exceptions to the uniform policy for a Jewish chaplain, two Muslim soldiers and three Sikhs since 2012.

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