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NRI California Sikh girl back in Iraq as a US soldier

Resolute Sikh girl back in Iraq as a US soldier
Submitted by Mudassir Rizwan on Sun, 12/16/2007 - 07:33. India News
By Jaideep Sarin, IANS

Chandigarh : The burst from a malfunctioning automatic weapon may have injured her but not her spirit to be where the action is. Ranbir Kaur, 21, a Jat-Sikh girl born in India, is headed back to Iraq - one of the most troubled spots in the world - ........Full Story


NRI Sikh girl on Kabul mission

Khushwant Singh

She slung an M-16 rifle on her shoulders for the first time when she was 17. At 20, she is patrolling the streets of Kabul.

Meet Indian-born Ranbir Kaur of the US National Guards who first hit headlines in 2003 after becoming the first Sikh girl to join the US armed forcesy.....Full Story

NRI Sikh girl to join US army in Iraq

Sacramento, March 15, 2005

NRI, Sikh 19-year-old India-born girl , part-time college student from San Joaquin Valley town of Earlimart. By summer's end, Ranbir Kaur expects to trade her textbooks for an M-16 rifle and head for Iraq.

Ranbir Kaur (Picture by Sacromento Bee)

Ranbir Kaur (Picture by Sacromento Bee)

Ranbir Kaur joinen the California National Guard in late 2002, two days after her 17th birthday and more than a year before she graduated from Delano High. She got $3,000 bonus for enlisting.

The daughter of Sikh grape farmers, Kaur emigrated at age 7 from India to the Bay Area, then moved to Earlimart, a dusty burg of 6,600, about 40 miles from Bakersfield, 70 miles from Fresno and light-years from the kind of things that would interest most teenagers.

"Ranbir wasn't pushy," the counselor said. "She didn't ask like, 'Do you want to join?' The girls were like, 'Wow, you did that?' She'd just tell it like it was. It was like the girls didn't realize they had this option."

Kaur, who works as a clerk in a doctor's office and studies at Bakersfield College while she waits to be deployed to Iraq.

  • More than 150,000 women serve in the National Guard and Reserves
  • More tha 200,000 women are on active duty in the U.S. armed services
  • An estimated 100,000 of them have served in the Iraq combat theater so far.
  • Women make up 19 percent of the Navy, 15 percent of the Army, 20 percent of the Air Force and 24 percent of the Army Reserve.