Transgender Servicemembers May Be Able to Serve Openly by May 2016By Adam Polaski • August 26, 2015 • 12:32 pm
A draft timeline discussing the repeal of the Pentagon’s ban on transgender Americans serving openly in the United States military tracks the estimated date of repeal at May 27, 2016.
USA Today reports, “The memo, circulated last week among top personnel and medical officials, lays out the road map for ending the policy and highlights some of the potential issues, including a pilot program that would provide leaves of absences for transgender troops being treated with hormones or having surgery.”
The policy change would allow an estimated 12,000 servicemembers to finally live and serve freely, without fear of discrimination or termination.
Last month, Secretary of Defense Ash Carter announced that the Department of Defense would be reviewing the policy. In this announcement, Carter said: “[W]e have transgender soldiers, sailors, airmen, and Marines – real, patriotic Americans – who I know are being hurt by an outdated, confusing, inconsistent approach that’s contrary to our value of service and individual merit.”
Freedom for All Americans Campaign Manager Matt McTighe issued a statement last month on the news of the policy review. He said:
“Today’s news brings us one step closer to equality in our nation’s Armed Forces, but it’s not the final step. It is our hope that after this six month period, the Department of Defense will finally allow transgender Americans to serve our nation in uniform. Every capable American deserves the right to serve openly in the military, regardless of their sexual orientation or gender identity.”
Read more about the May 2016 timeline and additional information in USA Today.