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.
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.
- In an interview with The New York Times, Narang told, her paternal grandfather had served in the Indian army. She further said that military duty was in her blood, and she had always aspired to become military personnel.
- While she was in high school, she visited the Pearl Harbor National Memorial in Hawaii along with her parents, 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 the United States Military Academy (also known as West Point).
- 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 practised religion in the world. After her induction into the US Army, 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 is the first observant Sikh woman 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 cutting it. Since the news of Narang becoming the first Sikh observant went out, many prominent persons congratulated her including Captain Amrinder Singh (the Chief Minister of Punjab, India).
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