While the current rules still allow medical care for those transitioning, it emphasizes on monitoring the health of those who have been diagnosed with gender dysphoria but haven’t been medically cleared as “mentally stable” for at least eighteen months. Whether these new rules seek to undermine that has yet to be revealed.
Transgender airmen undergoing cross-sex hormone treatment may request an exemption from taking the physical fitness assessment, or PT test, “during their period of transition, prior to a gender marker change in the MilPDS,” according to the memo.
However, airmen must first provide evidence of a documented PT failure, with their commander authenticating how the airman made a full and clear effort to meet the PT standards of their current gender.
Transgender airmen may submit an Exception to Policy, or ETP, to adhere to their preferred gender’s dress and appearance standards prior to their official gender marker change in MilPDS.
“Until an ETP request has been approved, transgender Airmen must adhere to their current gender’s dress and appearance standards as reflected in MilPDS,” the memo states.
Airmen should meet the service’s standards for appearance and, unless exempted, use lodging appropriate for their pre-transition gender, according to the guidance.
Transgender airmen will use military lodging, bathrooms and shower facilities associated with their gender marker in MilPDS and/or the Defense Enrollment Eligibility Reporting System.
A military medical provider (or approved civilian equivalent) in coordination with a Medical Multidisciplinary Team — a variant of health care professionals with specialized skills and expertise — will determine when a transgender airman’s gender transition is complete.
The airman will then need to present legal documentation, such as a U.S. passport or court order, to show his or her preferred gender transition is complete.
Earlier this year, the Air Force stipulated that a transgendered airman may not be involuntarily separated, discharged or denied re-enlistment or continuation of service solely on the basis of his or her gender identity.
A ban on openly serving transgender troops was lifted by Defense Department officials in June, and the services will allow transgender individuals to join the armed forces no later than July 1, 2017, assuming they meet accession standards.
The Air Force is trying to be accommodating to those who believe they were born as the wrong gender, and by the looks of where America is currently heading, they’re only the first branch of the armed services to do so. Give it some time and the rest will follow. However, as mentioned above, it’s the mental state of those transitioning that’s frightening.