DOD RELEASES NEW GUIDELINES ON TRANSGENDER SERVICE MEMBERS

The Daily Caller | 7/26/2017 | Staff
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The Department of Defense (DOD) released guidelines Wednesday for its new policy on transgender service members, which indicates that people suffering from gender dysphoria require a waiver to serve.

After a series of court challenges, a federal judge ruled last week that the administration could move forward with the partial ban.

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The DOD pushes back on characterizations of the new policy as a “ban” in its guidelines, explaining, “all persons, whether or not they are transgender, must meet all military standards, including the standards associated with their biological sex. Waivers or exceptions to these standards may be granted on a case-by-case basis.”

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The Pentagon will require transgender individuals to obtain a waiver for service, noting that gender dysphoria is a “serious medical condition.” The policy explains that reassignment surgery may affect an individual’s ability to meet the military standards of their biological sex.

“Persons with a history of gender dysphoria — a...
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