It’s about to get harder for the Navy to kick out trans sailors and service members according to an interview with Stars and Stripes.
Navy spokesman Lt. Cmdr. Ed Early told the indipendent military publication ”the Navy is looking to elevate the administrative separation authority for transgendered personnel to ensure that this important issue receives the right level of review.”
“Any proposed changes would not affect the level of discharge authority for other instances of administrative separation.” There is no timeline for a decision, Early added. If the Navy takes such a step, it would leave the Marine Corps as the only service to not change its policy.
The Air Force announced a policy change last week requiring discharge decisions on service members who identify as transgender to be reviewed by high-level officials at Air Force headquarters. Those decisions have been made by doctors and unit commanders.The Army was the first to announce a similar policy change in March.“The Marine Corps is not currently reviewing changes to the decision-making authorities for the involuntary separation of any of our Marines,” according to a statement in response to a Stars and Stripes query.
Top image of Retired Navy SEAL Kristin Beck, born Christopher T. Beck,with DIA Director Lt. Gen. Michael Flynn following the agency’s Pride Month event June 18, 2014 - via Stars and Stripes
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