Transgender people can’t enlist in the military for another six months, per a policy development extension granted to military leaders by the Pentagon.
by Samantha Grasso
(Daily Dot) – According to the Washington Post, on the eve of the original deadline to begin processing transgender recruits, Defense Secretary James Mattis granted military chiefs their requested six-month delay on Friday.
The original deadline for new transgender enlistees, July 1, was set by previous Defense Secretary Ash Carter at this time last year. However, service leaders requested a six-month “waiting period” in order to further develop policies and understand treatment of current transgender troops, including medical issues or discrimination. The Army and Air Force originally requested a two-year extension but negotiated on the six-month delay, the Associated Press previously reported.
In a memo from Mattis, he said he determined the military needed more time after speaking with top generals and defense officials.
“Since becoming the Secretary of Defense, I have emphasized that the Department of Defense must measure each policy decision against one critical standard: Will the decision affect the readiness and lethality of the force? Put another way, how will the decision affect the ability of America’s military to defend the nation?” read the memo, according to the Post.