Air Force takes step toward standardizing treatment of transgender troops


The Washington Post
By Missy Ryan
June 5, 2015

The Air Force has altered its procedures for making determinations about the continued employment of transgender service members, mirroring a recent decision by the Army that advocates hailed as a step forward for a group that has long been marginalized within the military.

In a statement posted on its website Thursday evening, the Air Force said that a senior Air Force official would now make decisions about whether to dismiss any personnel diagnosed with gender dysphoria or who identify as transgender.

“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,” said Daniel Sitterly, the principal deputy assistant secretary of the Air Force.

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