WASHINGTON, (BM) – The US Air Force amended the rules regarding the appearance of military personnel, simplifying the process of issuing permits to Muslims and Sikhs to wear religious articles of clothing, learned BulgarianMilitary.com according CNN reports.
Muslims and Sikhs will be allowed to wear turbans, hijabs, as well as beards and long hair during service if their appearance remains “tidy and conservative,” Interfax reports.
The amendments noted that the process for considering requests from military personnel serving in the USA cannot exceed 30 days, in other cases – 60 days.
Human rights organizations of Sikhs and Muslims called this decision of the US Air Force a step in the right direction.
Prior to the adoption of the amendments, Sikhs and Muslims could ask the command for permission to wear certain religious garments only individually, and this process took a long time.
In the summer of 2019, the U.S. Air Force first allowed the Sikh pilot to wear a beard, a turban and long hair.
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