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Navy considers elevating discharge requirements for transgender service members

Wednesday, June 17, 2015
Sailors man the rails aboard the aircraft carrier USS George Washington.
The Navy may soon join the Air Force and the Army in requiring high-level approval to separate transgender service members from the military, military officials said Tuesday. ...

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Defense Department adds sexual orientation to non-discrimination policy

Wednesday, June 10, 2015
Ashton Carter
Defense Secretary Ashton Carter's announcement made no reference to transgender service members, who are still banned from serving openly. ...

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Air Force policy change will make it more difficult to discharge transgender troops

Friday, June 5, 2015
The U.S. Air Force has announced policy changes that will make it more difficult to discharge transgender troops, a move that mirrors one made in March by the Army and puts the Pentagon a step closer to allowing transgender people ...

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Carter getting pushback from military leaders over easing ban on transgender service members

Wednesday, March 25, 2015
U.S. Defense Secretary Ash Carter
Defense Secretary Ash Carter has gotten pushback from senior military leaders on whether the Pentagon should lift its ban on transgender people serving in the armed forces. ...

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Dismissed Navy veteran highlights push for transgender rights

Wednesday, March 18, 2015
Landon Wilson
Landon Wilson was forced to leave the Navy after the military discovered he was transgender. But his story reaches far beyond the military and into civilian society where transgender people still struggle to gain acceptance. ...

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U.S. Army elevates authority requirement for dismissing transgender soldiers

Saturday, March 7, 2015
A spokeswoman emphasized the directive was not a change in policy toward transgender service members, who are still barred from serving in the military. ...

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Defense Secretary Ashton Carter: Transgender Americans should be allowed to serve openly in the military

Monday, February 23, 2015
Defense Secretary Ashton Carter speaks with U.S. military personnel at Kandahar airfield in Afghanistan on Feb. 22.
U.S. Defense Secretary Ashton Carter said Sunday that transgender individuals should not be prevented from serving in the U.S. military solely based on their gender identity. ...

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U.S. Army proposal would make it more difficult to discharge transgender soldiers

Tuesday, February 17, 2015
The decision to discharge transgender soldiers from the U.S. Army would be made by a top, senior civilian official under a plan outlined in a draft document obtained by USA Today. ...

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Hagel could have ended the military’s transgender exclusion

Tuesday, December 16, 2014
Chuck Hagel
Secretary of Defense Chuck Hagel’s resignation under pressure is a setback to the effort to end the military exclusion of transgender service personnel. ...

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Air Force secretary supports ending ban on openly transgender troops

Wednesday, December 10, 2014
Deborah Lee James
U.S. Air Force Secretary Deborah Lee James says the ban on transgender troops is likely to be reassessed and should be lifted. ...

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