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Air Force Loosens Up on Showing Transgender Troops the Door

Officers add another layer of evaluation before ejection.

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Gender dysphoria probably not a major influence on whether you can do this.
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It must say something about how the government—or at least the military—works that adding another layer of bureaucracy is considered "easing" a policy.

Nevertheless, that's how the Air Force's new behavior toward airmen and women who are transgender is being described. Currently the military does not accommodate transgender troops—they are ejected. But the military is also now reconsidering this policy and the assumption that a transgender person is inherently incompatible with military service. The Air Force is now following the lead of the Army and has added a new step to the process of ejecting a transgender member. Now the authorization to boot the airman or woman is being bumped up the ladder for further review. From the Huffington Post:

Until now, the decision to discharge has rested with a unit commander and a doctor who diagnoses that officer with a medical condition, gender dysphoria. Now, high-level officials at Air Force headquarters will be required to review the decisions made by those lower-level leaders and determine whether an officer's gender dysphoria interferes with duty requirements.

"Though the Air Force policy regarding involuntary separation of gender dysphoric Airmen has not changed, the elevation of decision authority to the director, Air Force Review Boards Agency, ensures the ability to consistently apply the existing policy," Daniel Sitterly, a spokesman for the Air Force's Manpower and Reserve Affairs, said in a statement.

This is not dissimilar to what the military implemented as a sort of transitional policy as politicians and generals were hammering out the end of "Don't Ask, Don't Tell." Even before the regulations that booted men and women from the military for coming out of the closet or living openly gay died, the military added a similar layer of bureaucracy to allow higher-level officials to pause the process and keep gay troops serving.

Setting up a guideline to evaluate whether a person's gender dysphoria must interfere with his or her ability to do her job in the military seems like a smart idea, though there is bound to be some inevitable complications of subjectivity. A transgender person's transition process is unique to him or her, and some handle it better than others. I've known a few transgender people pass through the process in my time. Some would be absolutely fine with the obligations and stresses military work holds. Others I wouldn't trust with a houseplant. It's possible, though, these distinctions would remain the same even if they weren't transgender. It's possible to support Chelsea Manning's transition, and even support her decision to leak classified military information, but still think maybe military service wasn't the best place for her as she struggled with her identity.

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  1. “It’s possible to support Chelsea Manning’s transition, and even support her decision to leak classified military information, but still think maybe military service wasn’t the best place for her as she struggled with her identity.”

    Hatemonger! Counter-revolutionary!

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GEStsLJZhzo

  2. Wise Words

    And that’s all I have to say about that…

    1. OK, I lied. There is one more thing… why did you guys get our hopes up a while back with using a gif image in the article? Obviously, my link here should have been included- the alt text still would have applied.

  3. Well, I think they should do what they did with blacks = form an All-Tranny unit and test their combat effectiveness by putting them in the worst possible situations all the time.

    Either they succeed, or they die in droves.

    1. ^^That’s TOP MEN thinking right there!

      1. please, TOP PERSON

        the cis-het presumption here is just ugh i dont even

        1. I just assumed the one advocating the potential gendercide would be a cis-hetero male normative…

      2. Also = the likely outcome would make for an awesome 1980s-style action film

        “Trans-Team-Alpha” = the deadliest, secretest, most gender-dysphoric military unit on the planet

        …its not your grandparent’s Gay-Team

        …its not your mom’s lesbian ninja-assassin squad…

        …its so fucking LGBTQ that they ran out of letters

        1. They put the USMC in LGBT!

          1. (cue equipment buckling-up montage)

            SAD EAGLE THIS IS STRIKE ONE

            1. Well, there goes my bright idea.

              Someone already made a movie about a tranny commando unit

    2. Eddie Izzard had that covered.

    3. Didn’t Monty Python cover this already?

      Squad, camp it UP!

    4. “Coming soon to a theater near you: He’s a man, but he feels like a woman!”

  4. I used to be more active in science fiction and anime fandom. I encountered a few people who claimed to be vampires and one who claimed to be a dragon.

    We now live in a country where it is considered bigoted to observe that a person who is genetically and biologically male is, in fact, male, no matter how loudly he claims to be female. I imagine I’ll live long enough to be called a fascist for having rolled my eyes at the vampires and dragons, too.

    1. It’s not bigoted to observe that. It is bigoted to say they aren’t allowed to change it- when they most definitely can.

      1. There are people who have had surgery to give themselves fangs and horns. They’re still human and not vampires or demons or whatever. Caitlyn Jenner and Chelsea Manning are men, not women.

        Certainly they have the right to call themselves whatever they want and do whatever they please to their bodies. But the rest of us also have the right to identify that as insane behavior.

        1. ok, vampires and demons don’t exist. women do. they are human. they are women after the surgery. Genetically they still carry an x chromosome, but then medical reports indicate that their physiology changes despite this.

          So, it depends on your definition of male. Also, what would you call an XYY human?

          1. “Also, what would you call an XYY human?”

            Would you like to buy me a drink?

          2. “ok, vampires and demons don’t exist. women do.”

            And transgender humans do not.

          3. Or a YYZ.

        2. “the rest of us also have the right to identify that as insane behavior.”

          Unless you’re a college student, in which case you’ve just committed a hate-crime in 6 dimensions

    2. Your Otherkinphobia is noted and sneered upon

  5. Will the military branches use the soldier’s stated identity to decide to put them into combat?

    1. Women should be in combat anyway. If it works for the russians, jews, chinese, etc., it should work for us. Then, if we still have selective service registration, they should be forced to register too.

      1. Equal rights means equal responsibilities. Combat casualties should be gender neutral.

        1. Why is no one fighting for this? Where is the feminist lobby on wanting to register in case of a draft?

      2. If it works for the russians, jews, chinese, etc., it should work for us.

        Have the Russians and Chinese put women into combat units? Other than perhaps a few extraordinary situations, have they sent them into combat as a matter of command policy? Seems unlikely to me.

        The AF is a bit of a special case: Outside of a few units tasked with defense of airfields, their combat units all drive large sophisticated machines. The physical advantages that men have don’t factor much if you’re a jet jockey – I get that. But for infantry, I think its a different story.

  6. I tired of his so called trans crap.I don’t are who you have sex with or if your a man and think your a women or a stalk of celery.But,don’t ask for me to bend to your delusion..Don’t ask for new rights.Bruce Jenner is a guy that wants attention and money,hell,he’s not even gay or had his dick cut off.I’m done with it

    1. What “new right” is being asked for?

      1. something something bathrooms

  7. When I was your age all the trannies went to the Marines.

    1. And that’s only if they could name one of their parents = the rest were sent to the Navy

      1. OK, since we’re doing this.

        Army calls helicopters ‘choppers’.
        Navy calls ’em ‘helos’.

        Marines just point and go ‘huhuhuhuhuh!’.

        1. Y’all sure you wanna be messing with the guys that have the highest kill ratio to casualty rate? #justsayin

  8. Now, high-level officials at Air Force headquarters will be required to review the decisions made by those lower-level leaders and determine whether an officer’s gender dysphoria interferes with duty requirements.

    “Though the Air Force policy regarding involuntary separation of gender dysphoric Airmen has not changed,

    The AF is basically saying that gender dysphoria is *not necessarily* incompatible with serving as a commissioned officer but is definitely incompatible with serving as a non-com or rating?

    How in the hell does that make sense?

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  10. People too confused to figure out what sex they are shouldnt be allowed to operate heavy equipment or weapons.

  11. Karen Carpenter:

    Bless the Beasts and the Transgendered!

  12. In all of this, very little discussion of whether our military is more or less effective with the addition of coloreds, women, homosexuals or transsexuals. Seriously, that should be the only consideration, not whether excluding this or that category is “fair”.

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