Anmol Narang is an Indian-American woman holding the rank of second lieutenant in the US Army. She is the first observant Sikh woman cadet to have graduated from the United States Military Academy at West Point.
Anmol Narang was born in 1997 (age 23 years; as of 2020), in Roswell, Georgia. Her full name is Anmol Kaur Narang. Reportedly, her parents had permanently migrated from Punjab to the USA in the early ’90s, hence, she is a second-generation immigrant in the USA. After doing a year of undergraduate learning at the Georgia Institute of Technology, she then moved to the West Point Military Academy, where she graduated with a degree in Nuclear Engineering and subsequently attained the post of the second lieutenant in the US Army.
Henceforth, Narang will be attending a Basic Officer Leadership Course at Fort Sill in Lawton, Oklahoma, before assuming her first posting at Okinawa, Japan in January 2021.
Height (approx.): 5′ 6″
Eye Colour: Black
Hair Colour: Black
Family & Caste
Narang was born into a Sikh family. She hasn’t unfolded much about her family to the public.
Second Lieutenant in the US Army
There are three tiers in the US Military ranks; enlisted soldiers, warrant officers & commissioned officers. Among these, commissioned officers have the highest ranks in the army. The second lieutenant is the second-highest rank among commissioned officers
Rank & Responsibilities
A second lieutenant starts as a staff officer at an administrative position. Thereafter, he is elevated to a stronger role, heading a platoon comprising 15 to 50 soldiers. As a platoon leader, the second lieutenant supervises the training and guides the unit into battle. The orders of a leader are executed by the sergeants and staff sergeants serving under them.
As per the basic pay chart, 2020, a second lieutenant with less than two years of experience earns $39,445.20 a year. At the experience of four years and above, they earn $49,636.80. In addition, a second lieutenant is also entitled to various bonuses, allowances, and other multifarious privileges.
- In an interview with the New York Times, Narang told, her paternal grandfather has served in the Indian army, so the military duty is in her blood, and serving in the army has been a huge aspiration of her life.
- While she was in high school, she along with her parents to visit the Pearl Harbor National Memorial in Hawaii, where for the first time she learned about the tragic event of Pearl Harbour bombings. This trip boosted her inspiration to serve in the United States Army, subsequently, the same day she mailed her application for the entrance at West Point, the US Military Academy.
- Anmol Narang will be doing efforts to represent her faith and Sikh identity in the US Army. This will also inspire Americans to learn more about Sikhism, the 5th extensively practiced religion in the world. In an interview with the CNN, she said:
It’s an incredible feeling. It’s a 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.”
- Although many other Sikhs have graduated from the US Military Academy at West point, 23 years old Anmol became the first observant Sikh to achieve this feat. This means that she is the first Sikh who will be allowed to follow practices of Sikh religion while serving in the army, including the practice of growing Kesh (hair) naturally without citing it. Since the news of Narang becoming the first Sikh observant went out, people of India & the USA have been praising her for her achievement. CM of Punjab, Captain Amrinder Singh also congratulated her in a tweet.
I congratulate 23 year-old Anmol Narang who on Saturday became the first observant Sikh to graduate from the US Military Academy at West Point. Anmol, the entire Punjab is proud of you. God bless!https://t.co/fZvuo5TNCY
— Capt.Amarinder Singh (@capt_amarinder) June 14, 2020