A 23-year-old Indian origin woman has made history by becoming the first observant Sikh to graduate from the US military academy. Anmol Narang who is a second-generation immigrant born and raised in Georgia has graduated from the west point with a degree in nuclear engineering.
According to the New York Times report second lieutenant, Anmol Narang’s grandfather was in the Indian Army and that played an important role in her decision. She said, “It was always a big part of my life and something I was always interested in.” Narang is hopeful that she is making an effort in representing her religion and community, which might bring Americans to learn more about Sikhism.
In 1987, the US Congress passed a law that stated the prohibition for Sikhs and several other religious communities from maintaining their articles of faith while being in the military. Turbans and unshorn facial hair, which represents the articles of Sikh faith were banned.
Anmol was among the 1,107 graduates who were gathered for the academy’s annual commencement. The event was addressed by US President Donald Trump.
In a statement to CNN Nargan said “It’s an incredible feeling and humbling experience, I have never worked harder for anything in my life. Being a Sikh woman is a very important part of my identity and if my experience can play a small role in being an inspiration for others, regardless of the career field, that will be wonderful.”
Narang developed an interest in military service during high school. Her graduation grades were prodigious, seeing that she is now hoping to pursue her career in the air defense system after visiting the Pearl Harbor National Memorial in Honolulu, Hawaii.
Now Narang will head towards her first posting in Okinawa, Japan in January 2021, as right now she will complete her basic officer leadership course at Fort Sill in Lawton, Oklahoma.