The United Sikh and American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) have filed a lawsuit against the US Army for allegedly not enlisting a Sikh student in the Reserve Officer Training Corps (ROTC) unless he shaved his beard, removed his turban, and cut his hair. The lawsuit filed in the US district court for Columbia asks the court to order officials to permit the student Iknoor Singh to enlist while maintaining his religious practices. He had requested a religious exemption from military rules so he could join ROTC, pursuing his dream of serving in the Army. Army officials rejected his request and the lawsuit argues that the denial of religious exemption violates the Religious Freedom Restoration Act. Senior staff attorney with the ACLU said the military should strive to welcome and accommodate recruits of all faiths as religious diversity is a strength, not a weakness. Born and raised in Queens, New York, Singh hopes to one day become a military intelligence officer.