US military lifts ban on transgender service members

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    The US military lifted the ban on transgender people to openly serve in the military, with Defense Secretary Ash Carter saying that the armed services “don’t want barriers unrelated to a person’s qualifications to serve.” Ash Carter made the announcement at a Pentagon news conference on Thursday, June 30. The change is said to be effective immediately. Top Pentagon officials finalized details of the plan earlier in the week.

    Carter said:

    “The Defense Department and the military need to avail ourselves of all talent possible in order to remain what we are now – the finest fighting force the world has ever known”.”We don’t want barriers unrelated to a person’s qualifications to serve preventing us from recruiting or retaining the soldier, sailor, airman or Marine who can best accomplish the mission.”

    The plan directs every branch of the armed services to implement new policies affecting recruiting, medical care, housing and uniforms for transgender troops. The military services will conduct training for commanders and medical personnel over the next 90 days who have transgender personnel in their units. Over the next nine months, there will be training for all military services and medical personnel in regards to transgender military personnel.

    “When the training is complete, no later than one year from today, the military services will begin accessing transgender individuals who meet all standards, holding them to the same physical and mental fitness standards as everyone else who wants to join the military,” said Carter.

    Army Intelligence Officer Captain Jennifer Peace and other transgender service members from SPARTA pose with Secretary of Defense Ash Carter on June 24, 2016.

    Last July he announced he would lift the ban and formed a task force to review how that process would commence. He directed the task force to work under the assumption that …Read More

    Source:: Linda Ikeji Blog