U.S. Military May Allow Openly Transgender Personnel - WSJ
New SecDef signals support for transgender serviceMilitary May Allow Openly Transgender Personnel
Defense secretary says they should be allowed to serve openly as long as they are able to do so
WASHINGTON—The Obama administration has sent signals in recent days that it is moving toward a decision to allow transgender service members to serve openly in the U.S. military.
Defense Secretary Ash Carter said during a visit to Afghanistan that transgender people should be allowed to serve openly as long as they are able to do so. The White House threw its support behind Mr. Carter Monday, saying President Barack Obama supported changing the decades-old policy. Transgender is an umbrella term for people whose gender identity differs from their sex at birth. Military medical standards disqualify openly transgender people from serving, under guidelines that exclude those with certain neurological, vision, learning, behavioral and psychological conditions, among others.
There are over 15,000 transgender troops serving secretly, a 2014 report by the Palm Center, a research institute that supports ending the ban, estimated. Under Mr. Obama, the military has already integrated openly gay service members into the military ranks—a major social change to the culture of the armed forces. The president backed a congressional repeal of the so-called don’t-ask, don’t-tell law in 2010, signing the repeal in December of that year. Mr. Carter, speaking Sunday at a military town hall meeting in Kandahar, Afghanistan, was asked about transgender enlistees. “I’m very open-minded about…what their personal lives and proclivities are, provided they can do what we need them to do for us. That’s the important criteria. Are they going to be excellent service members?”
I happen to agree in this regard. My personal views of one's lifestyle are meaningless, the basic question is, can you do the job and do it well? if the answer is yes then theres not much else to discuss. This is the basic concept of how many things should be.