Today, news came to light that the Army is considering a policy change regarding dismissal of transgender service members, who are still prohibited from serving openly. According to documents obtained by USA Today, any decision to discharge a transgender service member may soon need to be adjudicated by an Assistant Secretary of the Army, rather than through normal procedures.
“This is a positive indication that the military is now considering a more comprehensive review of transgender inclusion,” said AMPA President Ashley Broadway-Mack. “However, we are still waiting on the Secretary of Defense to call for full inclusion. Our transgender service members will still risk separation until the Department updates the outdated policy to permit open and honest service.”
USA Today also reported: “There is no specific reassessment of the ban on transgender troops, said Lt. Cmdr. Nate Christensen, a Pentagon spokesman. However, a routine review began this month of the Pentagon’s medical policy under which transgender troops are discharged, he said. The review is likely to take a year or more.”
AMPA will continue to work with our partners and allies to advocate for open and honest service by our transgender troops.