The Pentagon has disseminated new rules and regulations to its four branches of the military on what commanders must now do to shepherd a service member's sex change transformation, the Washington Times reported
Most notable is that each branch must set up a bureaucracy, called the Service Central Coordination Cell, to advise commanders managing the sex change transitions, the Times reported.
One retired Army officer called Defense Secretary Ashton Carter "delusional" to suggest the armed forces needs the estimated 1,300 to 6,600 transgender service members to remain the "finest fighting force in the world," the Times reported.
"Transsexuals suffer from more psychiatric pathologies than the general population, and active suicide ideation and major depression episodes occur more frequently within this group," Robert Maginnis told the Washington Times. "Creating a bureaucracy to sort out transgender issues will go down in the history of our armed forces as the worst waste of defense dollars ever."
According to the Times, the Pentagon directive, which goes into effect Oct. 1, also instructs:
- Service members can get extended time off during their transition
- Personnel getting a sex change can't live their "preferred gender" until transition is complete
- Commanders must give transgender training sessions to deter discrimination
- Service members must get a note from their doctor to ensure that changing sex is "medically necessary"
- Commanders must approve funding on a case-by-case basis for a service member's surgery, therapy and recovery
- Fully transitioned service members must use the bathrooms of their new "gender marker"
"We have an obligation to provide medically necessary care and treatment to all of our service members in order to keep the force medically ready to deploy," Pentagon spokesman Eric Pahon told the Times.
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