Military Service by Transgender Individuals - Interim Guidance   [open pdf - 463KB]

"The Department of Defense ('DoD') has received the Presidential Memorandum, Military Service by Transgender Individuals, dated August 25, 20I7 ('Presidential Memorandum'). DoD will carry out the President's policy and directives in consultation with the Department of Homeland Security ('DHS') with respect to the U.S. Coast Guard. Not later than February 21, 2018, I will present the President with a plan to implement the policy and directives in the Presidential Memorandum. Consistent with military effectiveness and lethality, budgetary constraints, and applicable law, the implementation plan will establish the policy, standards and procedures for transgender individuals serving in the military. The Deputy Secretary of Defense and the Vice Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff. supported by a panel of experts ( 'Panel'), shall propose for my consideration recommendations supported by appropriate evidence and information. To comply with the Presidential Memorandum, ensure the continued combat readiness of the force, and maximize flexibility in the development of the implementation plan, the attached Interim Guidance takes effect immediately and will remain in effect until I promulgate DoD's final policy in this matter. By agreement with the Acting Secretary of Homeland Security, this Interim Guidance also applies to the U.S. Coast Guard."

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