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US Defense Department set up Working Group on allowing Transgender persons into Military Service

Jul 15, 2015 12:12 IST

United States (US) Department of Defense (DoD) on 13 July 2015 decided to set up a working group to study the policy and readiness implications of allowing transgender persons to serve in the military of the nation.

The decision to set up the working group was announced by the Defense Secretary Ash Carter.

The working group will be headed by Brad Carson, Acting Under-Secretary of Defense for Personnel and Readiness and it will be composed of military and civilian personnel representing all the military services and the Joint Staff and will report directly to Deputy Defense Secretary Bob Work.

Besides, setting up a working group, the decision authority in all administrative discharges were directed to elevate all those diagnosed with gender dysphoria or who identify themselves as transgender to Carson, who will make determinations on all potential separations.

The decision to set up a working group was taken after it was found that the current regulations regarding transgender service members were outdated and causing uncertainty that distracts commanders from DoD’s core missions.

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