Wednesday, February 18, 2015

Army will go slow on discharging transgender soldiers; also, a grammar and spelling lesson

The Army will take the lead among the services and require more procedure before discharging a transgender soldier for that reason.  US Today reported this development  in a story by Tom Vanden Brook February 16, 2015, here. At least one senior civilian official in the Department of the Army must approve the discharge.  The other services have not yet announced similar measures.
But technically, a medical ineligibility ban on transgender soldiers in the US military continues.

Vox has an article by German Lopez, explaining why the correct adjective is (grammatically) “transgender” and not “transgendered”.  I’ve often misspelled this.  Making it a participle makes it sound like “blacked” or “colored”.  

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