Three retired U.S. generals added their names Tuesday to growing calls for the U.S. military to repeal its ban on transgender service members, arguing that doing so would not harm the armed forces’ readiness or require major changes to administrative or medical policies.In a joint statement, Maj. Gen. Gale S. Pollock, former acting surgeon general of the Army; Brig. Gen. Clara Adams Ender, former chief of the U.S. Army Nurse Corps; and Brig. Gen. Thomas A. Kolditz, a professor emeritus at the U.S. Military Academy at West Point, said “allowing transgender personnel to serve openly is administratively feasible and will not be burdensome or complicated.”
“Implementation could proceed immediately and will be successful in its execution,” they added.
The comments accompanied the release of a report by the generals for the Palm Center, a think tank at San Francisco State University’s political science department, that looked at the policies of the 18 countries that do allow transgender military service as well as U.S. studies including the Pentagon’s own guidance on lifting “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell."
The report notes that an estimated 15,500 transgender members are already serving in the military (PDF) just not openly, and that because Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel has expressed openness to reviewing the ban last May, the U.S. is likely to join countries such as Australia, Germany, Israel and the U.K. that currently do allow transgender citizens to serve.
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So more Generals signing on that the military should remove the transgender ban. What do you guys think? Should transgender troops be allowed to serve openly in the US Military.