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A Jewish soldier in basic training said he was beaten after complaining of religious discrimination.

Pvt. Michael Handman, 20, of Atlanta made allegations against two drill sergeants at Fort Benning in Georgia: One made him take off his kipah while eating and would not allow him to pray during his guard duty shift, and another allegedly used a derogatory slur.

The sergeants received letters of reprimand after a congressional inquiry, according to a report in the Columbus (Ga.) Ledger-Enquirer.

Six days later, on Sept. 24, Handman was involved in a fight with another trainee soldier and suffered a concussion.

The command staff of the 1st Battalion, 50th Infantry Regiment has determined the fight was not motivated by religions, nor was it connected to the inquiry and subsequent reprimand.

Handman has been reassigned, according to the Ledger-Enquirer.

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