Er.Amritpal Singh becomes first Sikh turbaned officer in Royal Australian navy cadets
Author(s): City Air NewsEr.Amritpal Singh who becomes first Sikh turbaned officer in Royal Australian navy cadets. Ludhiana, June 5, 2019: Amritpal Singh an Electrical Engineering graduate from Guru Nanak Dev Engineering College, Ludhiana...
Ludhiana, June 5, 2019: Amritpal Singh an Electrical Engineering graduate from Guru Nanak Dev Engineering College, Ludhiana has created a history of sorts by becoming the first Sikh turbaned officer in Royal Australian Navy cadets. Amrit was formally inducted very recently. He is presently staying in Experance, Australia. Amrit Singh made his first public appearance with the Esperance Navy Cadets this ANZAC Day as a probationary instructor after officially joining in January.
The group first caught Mr Singh's interest with a display at the Esperance and Districts Agricultural Show. Giving details Amritpal said, “I'm already part of the Esperance Volunteer Marine Rescue Service and SES, so I like having some fun at sea, This is something that is in my blood. The meaning of a Sikh is a 'saint, soldier. The principle is that you need to be spiritually inclined and be brave and strong like a soldier. Being in the navy means you must be disciplined, while safeguarding the nation and the community. Er. Amritpal Singh said he felt a sense of pride being a part of the unit at ANZAC Day services in Esperance this year. He said, "It was a really special moment, Especially coming from a different cultural background and a different country, I'm representing that. Wearing a turban already makes me a bit distinguished here in Esperance and I'm now the first turbaned Sikh officer in the WA Navy Cadets.”
His role as an instructor includes training and assisting with activities and drills. He hopes to climb through the ranks over time after gaining more experience. He said "It's really crucial to motivate young people to participate at an early age, We have cadets from different backgrounds and different family situations, but they all come together and they're all just the cadets. There's no distinction, there's no special treatment, everyone is equal. I love serving my community, that's why I keep involved in lots of other stuff around town as well."
Amrit said he was proud to represent Sikh involvement in Australian armed forces, which includes the Gallipoli campaign and continues today.
Amrit expressed his thanks to his alma mater and faculty of electrical engineering department, GNDEC for always motivating him.