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DoD Issues Guidance To Keep Transgender Service Members In Until Early 2018
“First and foremost,” the top sentence reads, “we will continue to treat every Service member with dignity and respect.”
So begins the Department of Defense’s one-page guidance, issued Sep. 18, assuring currently serving transgender members of the military that they can stay in until at least next February, when the Pentagon forwards its final decision on their fates to the White House.
But until the report’s completion, “no action may be taken to involuntarily separate or discharge an otherwise qualified Service member solely on the basis of a gender dysphoria diagnosis or transgender status,” the guidance reads. “Transgender Service members are subject to the same standards as any other Service member of the same gender.”
In addition to giving current transgender service members the option to re-enlist, the guidance also permits “sex-reassignment surgical procedures for military personnel” through March 22, 2018, and possibly longer for troops who are currently transitioning and must continue in the process “to protect [their] health.”
But in a nod to President Donald Trump’s executive decision to ban future transgender service, the Pentagon reminded commanders that its guidance only applied to transgender people who were already in uniform.
Blanket prohibitions on enlisting new recruits with “gender dysphoria or gender transition,” the guidance said, “remain in effect.”
The Saudi national who killed three students on a U.S. Naval Air station in Pensacola was in the United States on a training exchange program.
On Sunday, Sen. Rick Scott said the United States should suspend that program, which brings foreign nationals to America for military training, pending a "full review."
Security measures at U.S. military bases will be increased in the wake of the deadly shootings at Joint Base Pearl Harbor-Hickam in Hawaii and Naval Air Station Pensacola in Florida.
In a message posted to Twitter, U.S. Northern Command, known as Northcom, said it has directed its installations to "immediately assess force protection measures and implement increased random security measures for their facilities."
Secret documents show US officials lied for decades about victory in Afghanistan as troops continued to die
The Washington Post has obtained confidential documents showing that top U.S. military officials have repeatedly lied to the American public about the war in Afghanistan, despite many having clear knowledge the effort is unwinnable.
BAGHDAD (Reuters) - Four Katyusha rockets struck a military base next to Baghdad International Airport on Monday wounding "six fighters", a statement from the military said.
Security forces found a rocket launcher and several rockets in a search of the area, the statement said.
There was no immediate claim of responsibility.
PENSACOLA, Fla. (Reuters) - U.S. investigators face mounting pressure on Monday to deliver answers on the motive that led a Saudi Air Force lieutenant to shoot and kill three people and wounded eight others at a U.S. Navy base in Pensacola, Florida.
Florida Governor Ron DeSantis, speaking at a Sunday evening press conference, said he was sure the gunman carried out an act of terrorism. He questioned whether it could have been prevented by better vetting of foreign military officers who train in the United States.