For Massachusetts Soldier, path to military service was a spiritual one 

BOSTON — As he stood among his fellow uniformed candidates awaiting the ceremony that would finally make them commissioned officers, Kanwar Singh looked upward, toward the sky and thanked God.

A devout Sikh, Singh turned to his faith in times of good and times of trial, knowing that devotion and prayer could carry him past obstacles, whether making it through the final weeks of basic training, or while standing against prejudice.

Huddled on the wooden deck of the USS Constitution, each of the 17 officer candidates sported Army service caps. The males had clean-shaven faces, except for Singh who had a beard and wore a black turban covering his dark hair.

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