Saturday, June 06, 2015
Air Force, Army tighten safeguards for discharging transgendered personnel, agree to do so only when military performance an issue, despite technical ban
The Air Force has followed the Army in tightening the administrative procedures under which transgendered members of their uniformed forces may be discharged. Although the official policy does not allow openly transgendered members to serve, in practice discharges are supposed to occur only when there has been interference with military duty. Furthermore, the authority to discharge enlisted (as well as officer) airmen with “gender dysphoria” will be moved up to the Air Force Review Boards Agency.
The story in the Washington Post by Missy Ryan appears front page on Saturday, June 6, 2015. In another article, Aug. 25, 2014, Dan Lamothe had reported that the US Military could easily lift the ban on transgendered service members (although I can think of practical issues pre-surgery).
Kristin Beck served as a Navy Seal as a male before retiring and undergoing a change.