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Carolyn Marie

DoD Issues Yet Another "Clarification"

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Josie Beth

It’s very vague but I’m reading between the lines here. If someone is already in treatment for gender dysphoria then they can remain in the military and potentially retire because they are grandfathered into the 2016 policy. They get a waiver by default. If they have not enlisted yet or are enlisted and seeking treatment, then depending on their job description and whether or not their treatment would interfere with that job if they were deployed, they may or may not get a waiver. For example if someone was in the infantry, treatment for gender dysphoria would probably disqualify them for a waiver because they would not be able to fulfill their duties in most cases to the same standards as their peers. However someone in a support unit like records, or quartermaster who would be based in a very safe area during a deployment would more likely be able to perform their duties to the same standards as their peers and gain the waiver. Those who don’t get a waiver would go through medical out processing and probably be barred from re-enlistment without a flag that negatively effects them seeking employment in the civilian world. There’s probably now a clause that protects them from harassment during the out processing or treatment phases and there may even be an opportunity to reclass for a different job in certain situations if the medical evaluation determines that they are still able to be an asset to the military. But I’m sure that certain people in leadership will figure out work arounds for that just like they figured out how to get around the prohibition of corporal punishment in the early 90s. Instead of beating soldiers they figured out how to make the soldiers beat themselves with walls and door jambs (etc). I actually had to endure that a few times myself.

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SugarMagnolia

What's the reason for why someone being treated for gender dysphoria would not be able to perform their duties to the same standards as their peers? This seems pretty arbitrary.

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MarcieMarie12

Maybe thats the point. Being arbitrary means that if the person is liked, does their job well the commander will look the other way for a the deployment to end normally so they don't have holes to fill. On the other hand, if the person is a problem, they might just use it as an excuse to get the transperson kicked out.

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