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Pentagon Issues Memo Detailing Upcoming Treatment of Transgender Recruits

by Countable | 12.21.17

What’s the story?

The Wall Street Journal reports that the Pentagon has issued a memo detailing for the first time their plans for treatment of transgender recruits, who will start being admitted to the armed services after Jan 1 according to recent court rulings.

If you are not familiar with the armed forces, details in the memo such as underwear requirements, height and weight standards and medical testing might be surprising. But the military provides everything for recruits, so the most intimate and mundane details must be planned for.

Per the memo, recruits will be recognized by their preferred gender regardless of whether they have completed gender reassignment surgery. If they do not indicate a preference, they will be assigned the gender indicated on their birth certificate.

Their gender designation will determine their underwear requirements, room and bathroom assignments, height and weight standards and medical exams.

However, trans male recruits who have yet to complete sexual reassignment surgery or begin hormone replacement therapy will be required to take a pregnancy test like female recruits. Trans female recruits will not.

Transgender recruits that have completed sexual reassignment surgery must demonstrate that they have been physically and emotionally stable for at least 18 months before they will be allowed to enlist.

The Justice Department is in the process of appealing the court order that stipulated transgender recruits be admitted starting January 1, and argues that the memo shows the Pentagon is "scrambling" to be ready. Plaintiffs in the case who support the change, however, point to the memo as proof that the military is ready for the deadline.

What do you think?

Do you see the memo as proof positive the military is prepared to accommodate transgender recruits, or not?

Tell us in the comments what you think, then use the Take Action button to tell your reps!

— Asha Sanaker

(Photo Credit: Moody Air Force Base / Creative Commons)

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  • PhyliciaThomas
    12/21/2017
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    This is how every situation should be handled. Check for mental stability. Then treat people as their gender. When you change genders, that’s your gender. For anyone who has an issue with transgenderism, it’s been proven in science to be something that is NOT a mental disorder, it is real.. and I refuse to give your emotional argument any other address. As for this bill, it appears to be well done and I’m happy to see equality. There’s no negative impact of any of these regulations on anyone. Everybody wins. About time.

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  • Gerald
    12/22/2017
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    When the bullet leaves the chamber and screams toward the enemy chest to extinguish his life, the finger that squeezed the trigger could have been attached to a man, woman, gay, straight, wearing panties or boxers, Hispanic, African American, transgender, etc. The bullet doesn’t care, why should you? Let the military do what it does, to create soldiers out of civilians from all backgrounds and be proud of those who volunteer to serve.

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  • Sandra
    12/21/2017
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    For a man to feel like a woman (vice versa) and then literally go under the knife to physically change their body screams to me of a mental dysfunction... Suicide rates are way up there despite their unhappiness...No I do not believe they should be allowed into our Army, Navy, Air Force, or Marines...Whatever Ben Shapiro says is so common sense no B.S. You CANNOT change your sex and I wont acknowledge you for anything other than what you were born as.

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  • Alexander
    12/21/2017
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    I think some of the people leaving comments in this thread might be insecure about their own sexuality seeing as these individuals would rather state an ironic comment concerning transgender culture than make an actually constructive argument in counter to this proposal. Also, “you’re” and “your” are never grammatically equivalent.

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  • Roger
    12/21/2017
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    Hi: there is no such thing as transgender, your one or the other when your born. Quit cowing to these ridiculous minority groups! Roger

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  • Robert
    12/21/2017
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    Biology 101 “boys have penis’ and girls have vaginas”-Kindergarten Cop. Can’t much simpler than this. Gender disphoria is real and a sickness. Needs treated not encouraged.

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  • Jak
    12/21/2017
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    They shouldn’t get to choose how they’re treated, they should be treated just like any other recruit

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  • P ryan
    12/21/2017
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    A user in the comments labeled as “Roger” needs to get some education.

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  • Brian
    12/22/2017
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    Let's do something really radical. Let's use science. Not magic. Not religion. Science. X chromosome? Woman. Female. Y chromosome? Man. Make. Check one "box" or the other. "We'll check under the hood if you can't figure it out!" I come from a long line of proud, self-sacrificing men (and women) who proudly served their country—other men, other women ... and, yes, even those who are confused about what they are "packing." But, no, I would NOT want to work with ANY man or woman who didn't know what their sex was. Period. Most of the men and women who *I* served with feel that way. The vast majority. In fact. But, hey, by all means, let's roll over and play dead and relinquish *our* rights to take offense and NOT want to be made to feel uncomfortable because ... well, because: an incredibly small MINORITY is more important than we are. Their "feelings" count; ours don't. They have "rights." we don't. They should not have to feel uncomfortable: we should. I get it. Only "special" people are protected. Not "normal" people. Go choke yourselves if you think that is fair. Go choke yourselves if you think my feelings don't matter as well. Go choke yourselves if you think I don't have the right to believe that people who don't understand or want to believe that sex is determined (99.999% of the time) in an unequivocally and genetically binary way are just a little bit "mental." Science. For liberals, it only matters until it doesn't.

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  • Raymond
    12/22/2017
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    The military is not a freshman class in college. If a person can meet the physical and mental requirements to do the job and not disrupt morale and organization they should be allowed. Transsexuals who meet those requirements should be allowed but they must adapt to the military job not the other way around. The psychological problems of a large majority are known and include a majority of those identifying as transexual in the ages of military enlistment who have made attempts to commit suicide or have seriously considered it. Body dysmorphia is a serious disorder akin to anorexia. Both deny the obvious. There is no such thing as a gender change. Cutting off organs, silicone implants and taking dangerous hormone treatments does not change a gender. It is akin to an anorexia looking in a special mirror that makes them think they look normal. Whatever the cause of the disorder (having a disorder does not make one an evil or despicable person, just a person with a serious problem in an obvious part of their life) it creates an unrealistic expectations from others and demands for special treatment. In the military it is a financial and organizational problem. Supporting the disorder through dangerous medical treatments is not the purpose of the military. Only a few transexuals can meet reasonable rules of enlistment requirements. This is a strange political issue and should not be a military issue.

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  • Josh
    12/22/2017
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    Mentally unstable people shouldn’t be in the military. We don’t put weapons into the hands of mentally ill/unstable people and it should be no different for transgenders. Whether you believe in Gender Dysphoria or not, there’s no denying that the trans community has one of the highest suicide rates and that should say something by itself.

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  • MAvet75
    12/21/2017
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    Seems pretty standard.

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  • RadicalModerate
    12/22/2017
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    We are all beings of light, here on this material plain merely to experience physicality. There’s no wrong way to do it.

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  • BeStrong
    12/22/2017
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    The military understands how to recruit for best prospective talent. This president, who has never served, whose predecessors never served, whose children never served, has no idea what it means to live a life of service and purpose, to sacrifice all for something larger than yourself. **Thank you to all who serve**

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  • Jim2423
    12/22/2017
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    If you are willing to put your life on the line for this country then so be it. It should not matter who or what you are. Just no transgender surgeries while serving. Be it as you enter the service or remain as you are when in the service. My only concern on this issue.

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  • Sheryl
    12/22/2017
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    Here’s a dirty little secret most men will never confess. Many enjoy wearing women’s underpants. Some are Sergeants, Lieutenants & even Generals. Folks who are anti-trans are usually afraid of their own sexual impulses.

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  • John
    12/21/2017
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    I’m in the wrong age demographic to follow this any further 😳

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  • Donna
    12/22/2017
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    I find it very interesting that the Justice Department, and our best AG Sessions, is opposed to appealing a court ruling on the grounds the plan seems to have been rushed and not well thought out. We all remember why this even became an issue. A freaking government policy was announced without thought and concern for consequences, early one Saturday via TWITTER. Talk about rushed? Talk about unprepared? I cannot believe (actually I can, but I don't want to) this administration is actually wasting money to keep decent, dedicated patriots out of military service. Disgraceful, bigoted and immoral.

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  • Anne
    12/24/2017
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    I find it frightening that many on this thread are so uneducated and unaware of the science that they think being transgendered is a mental illness. Yet they follow the one in the White House who is obviously suffering from dementia. Well, trump is known for saying he loves the uneducated. And no wonder. They support his every tweet! Sad.

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  • Lee
    12/24/2017
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    Everyone is entitled to their opinion. However, as a psychologist, I can assure you that identifying as transgendered is not a mental illness. The reality that people are born differently than you may make another person uncomfortable and it may be confusing, but it is a real phenomenon and not a disease.

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