The chiefs of the armed services received a memo from Deputy Defense Secretary Robert Work earlier this month instructing them to assess the “readiness to begin accepting transgender applicants on July 1, 2017.” Reports are due on May 31, according to USA Today.
During the Obama administration, the Defense Department changed its policy with regard to so-called transgender troops, while also calling for the re-education of members of the armed forces with regard to issues facing persons with gender identity issues. They were also instructed to prepare for new, transgender members.
“The personnel policies of this Department are designed to enhance the warfighting readiness and lethality of the force that protects our country,” Work said. “We do not intend to reconsider prior decisions unless they cause readiness problems that could lessen our ability to fight, survive and win on the battlefield.”
Last week, Army Pvt. Chelsea Manning, who was convicted under the Espionage Act during the Obama administration but later pardoned, changed his name from Bradley and his gender identity from male to female. He gave 700,000 classified documents to the WikiLeaks transparency organization. He has since been lauded by advocates of transgenderism.
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