Pentagon has repealed the ban on transgenders and is are ready to allow them to join the US military services from July 2017.
The transgenders across the United States will also be given an opportunity to serve their nation. Defense Secretary Ashton b. Carter made the announcement on Thursday. He addressed a news conference and confirmed that the changes will take place in the next 12 months. The process will start with issuing guidance to present transgender service members and their commanders, the secretary said.
After this, training will be given to the entire military force, he added. Carter also claimed that no transgender service member can be separated from service solely on the basis of his gender. This will take effect on Thursday, the defense secretary stated.
“Our mission is to defend this country, and we don’t want barriers unrelated to a person’s qualification to serve preventing us from recruiting or retaining the soldier, sailor, airman or Marine who can best accomplish the mission,” the Washington Post quoted Carter as saying.
He added, “We have to have access to 100 percent of America’s population for our all-volunteer forces to be able to recruit from among them the most highly qualified — and to retain them.”
The United States has witnessed the vast changes in the activities and participation of transgenders in various field in recent times. The latest being the win of two transgenders in US primaries before US elections 2016. In almost every professional sphere, they are being given chances and they are proving the decision right.
The Pentagon mentioned a Rand Corp. study conducted by the military. In the report, it was found that around 2,500 transgender service members constitute the 1.3 million active-duty officials in the military while the other 1,500 comprise reserve units. Carter confirmed that transgender military personnel will receive same benefits and medical coverage as applicable to other members.
Carter, according to CNN, said that the newly hired service members need to be “stable” in gender identity, though, prior to joining the military.
“The Defense Department and the military need to avail ourselves of all talent possible in order to remain what we are now — the finest fighting force the world has ever known,” Carter said at the Pentagon.
“We don’t want barriers unrelated to a person’s qualification to serve preventing us from recruiting or retaining the soldier, sailor, airman or marine who can best accomplish the mission. We have to have access to 100 percent of America’s population,” he added.