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Pentagon Lifts Trans Ban; Realizes People Who Want to Fight for America Might be Assets

Pentagon Lifts Trans Ban; Realizes People Who Want to Fight for America Might be Assets

Though some of the finer points regarding barracks and uniform have yet to to be figured out, Defense Secretary Ash Carter announced that openly trans individuals will no longer be banned from serving in the military. Previously, they were medically discharged and were not permitted to reveal their gender identity. Only a few thousand soldiers in the military are trans. A few more are in the reserve. The number who seek medical treatment such as hormone therapy or surgery each year is in the double digits. The most famous trans soldier, Chelsea Manning, is no longer in the military and is imprisoned for the next three decades because she leaked documents relating to the Iraq and Afghanistan wars. It seems fairly self-evident that if you wish to have a large, happy volunteer military, you should consider letting in anyone who wishes to do the work. Carter said as much today. He wants a fighting force that is picking from “100 percent of America’s population.” “ …