Let a dreadlocked man keep his hair as he goes Coast Guard!

To whom it may concern:

My name is Soren S. Powell and I am seeking an officer commission in the United States Coast Guard as I have a bachelor's degree in Biological/Environmental Engineering from the University of Maryland, College Park.  Some people join the Military in response to a Pearl Harbor or 9/11 type of national moment.  The BP oil spill of 2010 was like a 9/11 moment for me, crystallizing my desire to join the Coast Guard.  I was even named for my great-great-grandfather, Soren Carlsen (name later Americanized to Sam Carlson) who became the Captain of a USCG station on the Great Lakes. 

However, I have non-denominational religious beliefs that prevent me from cutting my dreadlocked hair.  By signing this petition, the undersigned understand and support my effort to join the USCG with a special exemption from haircuts.  Precedent for the haircuts exemption has already exists for members of the Sikh faith, including at least one foreign-born soldier serving in the US Army.  The First Amendment to the Constitution protects the freedom of religion of all Americans, especially those Americans that are actually born here.


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