Tuesday, October 25, 2016

It Is Happening At Last!

The first soldiers has come forward to declare that they are trans! And she is followed by other trans soldiers.
First Transgender Soldiers Seek Formal Army Recognition
By Lolita C. Baldor AP
October 24, 2016

PARIS — Within weeks of the Pentagon allowing transgender service members to serve openly, Army officials said 10 soldiers have formally asked to be recognized as their new, preferred gender.

The small number represents only those who have publicly said they are transgender, and doesn't include soldiers who may be considering or beginning gender transition or those who don't yet want to make an official paperwork change.

Gen. Mark Milley, chief of staff of the Army, said the key now is to educate the force, particularly commanders who will have to make decisions about soldiers in their units who request a gender change.
According to Carter, a RAND study found that there are between 2,500 and 7,000 transgender service members in the active duty military, and another 1,500 to 4,000 in the reserves.

Milley said the Army numbers so far are low, but the service doesn't track the number of soldiers who may be starting the gender transition process.

"We may not know the full scope yet," said Milley. "Others that may consider themselves as transgender but haven't self-identified publicly may be holding back because they want to see how things progress."
Let’s hope for the best, that their transitions are smooth with not too many bumps in the road.

But the Army wasn't the first, back in September the Navy promoted Lt. Cmdr. Blake Dremann.

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