‘Give a Hand, They Take an Arm’: US Sikh Marine Officer Demands More ‘Diversity’ Allowances, Threatens to Sue

PENTAGON WATCH – For the first time in US Marine Corps history, last week a Marine was grudgingly given an exception to wear a turban in uniform. On Thursday September 24, 1st Lt. Sukhbir Toor was allowed to put on the turban of a faithful Sikh and wear a beard.

Yet, despite the massive historic exception for the Marine Corps, this special accommodation was not enough. And now Toor is threatening to sue the Corps if his special accommodation isn’t expanded beyond its original parameters.

“Give a Hand, They Take an Arm.”

As the New York Times reported:

The Marine Corps has made the allowance only to a point. Toor can wear a turban in daily dress at normal duty stations, but he cannot do so while deployed to a conflict zone, or when in dress uniform in a ceremonial unit, where the public could see it.

Toor has appealed the restrictive decision to the Marine Corps commandant, and he says that if he does not get a full accommodation, he will sue the Marines.

“We’ve come a long way, but there is still more to go,” he said. “The Marine Corps needs to show it really means what it has been saying about strength in diversity…”

What Toor and the rest doesn’t get is that the U.S. military’s strength is in unity from diversity, not diversity alone:

‘E Plurubus Unum,’ ‘From Many, One,’ is America’s national motto, after all.

As such, the Marine Corps, long the nation’s most traditional service, initially resisted Toor’s request as noted by The Times:

For the Marine Corps leadership, an exception as small as one man’s turban was seen as so potentially dangerous that Toor’s request went all the way to top Marine Corps authorities. Their initial reaction in June was largely a denial. In a stern response, one Marine Corps general warned that individual expression of that kind could fray the fabric of discipline and commitment that binds the Marines. It could erode the nation’s trust in the Marines. It could undermine combat effectiveness. It could cost lives.

“The Corps cannot experiment with the components of mission accomplishment,” Lt. Gen. Michael Rocco, deputy commandant for manpower and reserve affairs, said in the response. “Failure on the battlefield is not an acceptable risk.”

However, “Toor appealed to the commandant of the Marine Corps, which retreated a bit in August, allowing him to wear a beard and turban in limited circumstances.”


Because now Toor is demanding more and threatening to sue. This isn’t the Corps I remember. Where does this push for diversity end?

This is a perfect example of why the Marine Corps should never give an inch to ‘Woke’ diversity demands. ADN

Paul Crespo is the Managing Editor of American Defense News. A defense and national security expert, he served as a Marine Corps officer and as a military attaché with the Defense Intelligence Agency (DIA) at US embassies worldwide. Paul holds degrees from Georgetown, London, and Cambridge Universities. He is also CEO of SPECTRE Global Risk, a security advisory firm, and President of the Center for American Defense Studies, a national security think tank. - paulcrespo.substack.com - PAULCRESPO.COM

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1 year ago

I bet he doesn’t go to the brig.

John B
John B
1 year ago

He should resign or be discharged