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Soldiers from Fort Hood, Texas, stand in formation prior to leaving for Afghanistan at Baghdad International Airport, Iraq, April 14.
Soldiers from Fort Hood, Texas, stand in formation prior to leaving for Afghanistan at Baghdad International Airport, Iraq, April 14.
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Army Mulls Change To Discharges Of Transgender Soldiers

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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.

Get the full story at USA Today.