Spc. Simran Lamba, left, recites the pledge of allegiance for the first time as an American citizen following his naturalization cerermony at Fort Jackson, S.C., Wednesday, Nov. 10, 2010. Lamba is the... more 
Spc. Simran Lamba, left, recites the pledge of allegiance for the first time as an American citizen following his naturalization cerermony at Fort Jackson, S.C., Wednesday, Nov. 10, 2010. Lamba is the first enlisted Soldier to be granted a religious accommodation for his Sikh articles of faith since, 1984. Sikhism, a 500-year-old religion founded in India, requires its male followers to wear a turban and beard and keep their hair uncut. Army policies since 1984 had effectively prevented Sikhs from enlisting by barring those items. But Lamba was granted a rare exception because he has skills the Army wants _ the Indian languages Hindi and Punjabi. less 
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Associated Press | Photo By Brett Flashnick
Thu, Nov 11, 2010 6:46 PM EST