House chair: Hormone therapy might limit transgender readiness
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published: July 08, 2016
WASHINGTON — The requirements of hormone therapy might make some transgender troops unable to deploy on military missions and affect the military’s ability to fight wars, the chairman of the House Armed Services Committee said Thursday.
Rep. Mac Thornberry, R-Texas, said the historic policy change last week allowing those servicemembers to serve openly is threatening to redefine what it means to be ready to fight and blamed President Barack Obama for pressuring the military to adopt it without adequate planning.
Thornberry, who holds the gavel of the most influential military committee in the House, had come out against the Pentagon policy shift when it was announced June 30 by Defense Secretary Ash Carter. But he elaborated on his concerns over transgender medical readiness and the ability to deploy during an appearance at the conservative Heritage Foundation think tank in Washington, D.C.
“At least some number of transgender people require hormone therapy, which requires regular lab tests and also requires refrigeration,” Thornberry said. “If you have those requirements, whatever your situation, you have been non-deployable.”