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Professionally converted for accurate flowing-text e-book format reproduction, this is an up-to-date collection of important military documents relating to transgender military service, featuring material from spring 2021, as well as historical background documents from the Trump presidency.
Contents: Executive Order on Enabling All Qualified Americans to Serve Their Country in Uniform - 2021 * DOD Announces Policy Updates for Transgender Military Service - March 31, 2021 * Interim Guidance For Service Of Transgender Navy Personnel * Air Force Follows Revised Dod Transgender Policies * DoD Instruction 1300.28 (4/2021) - In-Service Transition for Transgender Service Members * DoD Instruction 6130.03, Volume 1 * Administrative Change to DAFPM 2021-36-01, Accessions and In-service Transition for Persons Identifying as Transgender - April 2021 * Military Transgender Service - 2019 * 5 Things to Know About DOD's New Policy on Military Service by Transgender Persons and Persons With Gender Dysphoria 2019 * Subject: Directive-type Memorandum (DTM)-19-004 - Military Service by Transgender Persons and Persons with Gender Dysphoria * March 12, 2019 * Memorandum For The President - Subject: Military Service by Transgender Individuals 2018 / Department of Defense Report and Recommendations on Military Service by Transgender Persons February 2018 * Definitions of Diversity, Inclusion, and Identity
The Biden executive order states: It is my conviction as Commander in Chief of the Armed Forces that gender identity should not be a bar to military service. Moreover, there is substantial evidence that allowing transgender individuals to serve in the military does not have any meaningful negative impact on the Armed Forces. To that end, in 2016, a meticulous, comprehensive study requested by the Department of Defense found that enabling transgender individuals to serve openly in the United States military would have only a minimal impact on military readiness and healthcare costs. The study also concluded that open transgender service has had no significant impact on operational effectiveness or unit cohesion in foreign militaries. On the basis of this information, the Secretary of Defense concluded in 2016 that permitting transgender individuals to serve openly in the military was consistent with military readiness and with strength through diversity, such that transgender service members who could meet the required standards and procedures should be permitted to serve openly. The Secretary of Defense also concluded that it was appropriate to create a process that would enable service members to take steps to transition gender while serving. The previous administration chose to alter that policy to bar transgender persons, in almost all circumstances, from joining the Armed Forces and from being able to take steps to transition gender while serving. Rather than relying on the comprehensive study by a nonpartisan federally funded research center, the previous administration relied on a review that resulted in a policy that set unnecessary barriers to military service.