Pentagon potentially lifting ban on transgender military personnel

Pentagon potentially lifting ban on transgender military personnel July 13, 2015

Image: "Pretty Pink & Green Heart" by D. Sharon Pruitt, from Wikimedia Commons, December 7, 2009
Image: “Pretty Pink & Green Heart” by D. Sharon Pruitt, from Wikimedia Commons, December 7, 2009

Defense Secretary Ash Carter announced today that the Pentagon would study

readiness implications of welcoming transgender persons to serve openly.

This was made public through an article on CNN, among other news sites.

From the article:

At a time when our troops have learned from experience that the most important qualification for service members should be whether they’re able and willing to do their job, our officers and enlisted personnel are faced with certain rules that tell them the opposite…Moreover, we have transgender soldiers, sailors, airmen, and Marines – real, patriotic Americans – who I know are being hurt by an outdated, confusing, inconsistent approach that’s contrary to our value of service and individual merit.

Human Rights Campaign President Chad Griffin wrote,

Transgender Americans have every right to serve their country openly and honestly, and for far too long, this discriminatory ban has robbed them of the dignity of doing so,

Congress is to be notified that transgender personnel are presumed to be capable of serving openly without any negative impact on the abilities of their division to function as intended.

Given that transgender individuals are not permitted to take hormone therapy while in service, the new protocol will help establish guidance on hormone therapy while in a combat zone, when to establish a full transition is finalized, and, among other things, when an individual would be capable, or in need, of wearing different uniforms.

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