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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