Thursday, December 01, 2016

It Makes Sense

We don’t ask for any special treatment, we just want the same chance as everyone else.
Corps: Transgender Marines to Meet Fitness, Grooming Standards
By Hope Hodge Seck
November 29, 2016

The Marine Corps became the last service in the Defense Department to release a policy governing transgender troops this month, in preparation to comply with a Pentagon order that will allow transgender recruits to join the military by next July.

The six-page policy, signed by Lt. Gen. Mark Brilakis, deputy commandant for Marine Corps Manpower and Reserve Affairs, and released as a Marine Corps bulletin on Nov. 22, leaves a number of questions unanswered. In addition, key details, such as how to accommodate troops who are concerned about privacy, are left to unit commanders to handle.

The service also reserves the right to separate Marines whose ability to serve is adversely affected by medical conditions or medical treatment related to their gender identity, the policy states, adding that these Marines would be treated "in a manner consistent with a Marine whose ability to serve is similarly affected by medical condition(s) unrelated to gender identity or gender transition."
This makes sense, if you can’t do the job you don’t belong there.

This afternoon I believe that I am going to be a guest lecturer for a social work class at Central Connecticut State University. I say believe because the student who arrange it was very vague, I was talking presentation he never really said. I think he was overwhelmed to have me come to his class, the professor I know from Macro committee meetings at the NASW office.

So it should be interesting this afternoon hobbling around the campus with my broken foot.

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