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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Sat, Apr 13, 2019 Victoria AK

The problem is the same for transgendered as those with diabetes or severe allergies. It is a medical drug dependency issue and NOT discrimination.

Wed, Apr 3, 2019 South Florida

Scientifically speaking, race, gender, and ethnic groups are culturally defined.

Tue, Apr 2, 2019

Pelosi and Sanders have removed the POW/MIA flags at their offices and replaced them with Transgender flags. The Transgender folks may deserve a flag, but not at the expense of those who have suffered and died for their country. I am sick to death of Pelosi, Sanders and their fellow social engineers!

Tue, Apr 2, 2019

Nothing like bringing back a bit of discrimination. Dash of ignoance hiding behind christianity. And a bit of intolerance. This makes a delicious Divide the Country Cake!!

Tue, Apr 2, 2019 MP Ohio

You are born a male or a female. It's pretty easy to figure out.

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