WASHINGTON – The Pentagon is removing restrictions on transgender troops that have been imposed by the Trump administration, and will provide additional protections and access to medical care for these servicemen, defense officials said Wednesday.
The Department of Defense’s new policy will provide access to medical treatment for the gender transition, allow troops to openly serve under their self-identified gender and prohibit discrimination, the spokesperson for the Department told reporters. Pentagon, John Kirby.
The move restores the Pentagon’s policy on transgender troops in its place before Donald Trump took office in 2017, Kirby said. The Trump administration has broadly banned transgender people from openly serving in the military.
The announcement follows a two-month Pentagon review to develop detailed guidelines for the military after President Joe Biden issued an executive quashing Trump’s policy. Biden’s decree, issued shortly after his inauguration, prohibited any transgender member of the service from being forcibly removed because of their gender identity.
The new regulations, due to take effect within 30 days, allow transgender people who meet military standards to enlist and openly serve in their self-identified gender, and they will be able to receive medically necessary transition-related care. , as permitted by law.
Defense Secretary Lloyd Austin also ordered the department to review the records of soldiers who have been demobilized or who have been denied the opportunity to re-enlist due to gender identity issues as part of the previous policy.
Out of a force of approximately 2 million, approximately 14,700 active duty and reserve soldiers identify as transgender.
In 2018, heads of all military services told lawmakers they found no negative effects in serving transgender troops, nor any evidence that it would harm the discipline, morale or readiness of the unit. .
Mosheh Gains contributed.