Navy announces guidance for sailors seeking gender transition
The Navy on Monday issued preliminary guidance for issues arising from sailors seeking gender transition, noting that no changes will made to the service’s physical readiness program for those individuals.
As of Oct. 1, 2016, transgender sailors could begin the process to officially change their gender in the Navy’s personnel administrative systems.
Beginning July 1, 2017, transgender applicants will be allowed to join the U.S. military.
The policy change affects only active-duty and reserve Navy personnel.
“To remain the finest seagoing fighting force the world has ever known, the Navy needs men and women who are the right fit for the right job regardless of race, gender, sexual orientation, creed, or gender identity,” a Navy statement said.
“If the individual can meet the Navy’s standards, they should be afforded the opportunity to serve.”
Sailors seeking to transition genders must receive a diagnosis from a military medical provider indicating that gender transition is medically necessary and develop a transition plan, approved by their commanding officer, the Navy said.
The transition plan must include a sailor’s medical treatment plan and take into consideration both the desires of the individual and “the operational requirements of the command,” the Navy said.
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