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The U.S. military has a manual for everything, from how to dress to how to wage war.
Now the Pentagon has sent out a detailed written instruction to commanders on how a service member can change his or her sex in a step-by-step process that allows for extended time off.
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The directive restricts personnel from living their “preferred gender” lifestyle, or “Real Life Experience,” on a military base among peers until the sex change transition is complete.
The Army, Air Force, Marine Corps and Navy must set up a bureaucracy — dubbed the Service Central Coordination Cell — to guide commanders overseeing sex change transitions.
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A service member’s commander plays a big role in shepherding the patient through the sex transition. This starts with approving government-funded medical treatment of genital reconstruction surgery and hormone therapy, and then recovery, and then the final phase of determining the member’s fitness to return to duty after he or she receives a new official “gender marker.”
Commanders must hold training sessions to indoctrinate troops on transgender issues and nondiscrimination.
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In announcing his intention to remove the ban on transgender personnel, Defense Secretary Ashton Carter last year said the rules were “outdated and are causing uncertainty that distracts commanders from our core missions.”
“We have transgender soldiers, sailors, airmen and Marines — real, patriotic Americans — who I know are being hurt by an outdated, confusing, inconsistent approach that’s contrary to our value of service and individual merit,” Mr. Carter said.
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A Rand Corp. study estimates that the active force of 1.3 million has 1,300 to 6,600 transgender service members.
Robert Maginnis, a retired Army officer who has opposed President Obama’s policy of gays in the military and women in land combat, said Mr. Carter is “delusional if he believes our military needs transgenders/transsexuals to remain the ‘finest fighting force in the world.’”
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