Army Mulls Change To Discharges Of Transgender Soldiers

The Army may be changing its policy concerning transgender soldiers. Under current policy, transgender men and women are banned from … Continued

Army Mulls Change To Discharges Of Transgender Soldiers

The Army may be changing its policy concerning transgender soldiers. Under current policy, transgender men and women are banned from service, and majors or above can automatically dismiss them on medical grounds. However, according to a draft of the new plan obtained by USA Today, these types of discharges could only be authorized by a senior civilian official, rather than a commanding officer.

Though only an outline for a greater policy change, this leaked document comes at a time when the branches of the armed services are moving to repeal the last vestiges of “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell,” which until 2011, prohibited gay and lesbian men and women from serving openly in the armed forces.

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