DOD approves new policy for transgender troops

The Department of Defense has approved a new policy that will bar transgender troops and military recruits from transitioning to another sex, the Associated Press reports.

According to the AP, it obtained a memo on March 12 that outlined the new policy that would also require most individuals to serve in their birth gender, and military services must implement the new policy by April 12, but it also allows service secretaries to waive the policy on a case-by-case basis.

Under the new rules, currently serving transgender troops and anyone who has signed an enlistment contract by April 12 may continue with their transition plans only if they have been diagnosed with gender dysphoria, the report notes, adding that it falls short  of an all-out transgender ban that was initially ordered by President Donald Trump and will likely force the military to eventually discharge transgender individuals who need hormone treatments or surgery and can't or do not want to serve in their birth gender.

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Thu, Mar 14, 2019 A Human California

"the military is not the place to figure out your gender..." I know, huh? Just everything else.

Wed, Mar 13, 2019

It is unfair to have service members needing hormones to function remaining in the armed services, when others who are on medications for diabetes or other ailments are not allowed to remain in the service. The reason given has always been that military personnel need to be ready to serve at the front lines without needing medical/prescription help. I also do not understand why it is the military’s responsibility to pay or handle a medical issue that is not service related.

Wed, Mar 13, 2019 NW Chicago

When employees are treated differently due to a personal characteristic such as sex, it is unfair and unjust. Therefore, it is not surprising that employment discrimination is a major civil rights violation. The U.S. Supreme Court has tackled this issue on various occasions and strives to promote working conditions that allow employees to work without the threat of unfair treatment.

Wed, Mar 13, 2019 Larry Texas

I agree with Jeff, the military is not the place to figure out your gender...

Wed, Mar 13, 2019 Jeff Md

During my Air Force career because of the nature of my work I was under something called PRP I had a very high security clearance I had to see a Psychiatrist on a regular basis and many events in my life could have affected my security clearance and thus my job.I do not understand how someone on various hormones and wants to have various sex organs added or removed the military is not the place to figure out what sex they are I would not want to load a 2mt weapon with someone who does not know what they are next to me

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