Windy City Media Group Frontpage News
Celebrating 30 Years of Gay Lesbian Bisexual and Trans News
home search facebook twitter join
Gay News Sponsor Windy City Times 2018-01-17
DOWNLOAD ISSUE
About WCMG Publications News Index  Entertainment Features Bars & Clubs Calendar Videos Advertisers OUT! Guide    Marriage

Sponsor
Sponsor
Sponsor

  WINDY CITY TIMES

Former military leaders dispute claim of trans training burden
From a Palm Center press release
2017-12-20

facebook twitter google +1 reddit email


SAN FRANCISCO, CA — Three former military leaders are disputing the Trump administration's assertions that lifting the transgender enlistment ban on January 1 would require the military to train 23,000 medical examiners and recruiters, and that such training would injure the armed forces. According to new policy analysis, the administration's claims are incorrect because training recruiters and medical evaluators to process applications from transgender candidates is neither complicated nor time-consuming.

Today's analysis was authored by retired Vice Admiral Donald Arthur, Major General Gale Pollock, and Admiral Alan Steinman, and published by the Palm Center. Admiral Arthur was Surgeon General of the Navy, General Pollock was Acting Surgeon General of the Army, and Admiral Steinman was Director of Health and Safety ( Surgeon General equivalent ) of the Coast Guard.

Three federal courts have ordered the military to lift the transgender enlistment ban on January 1, but the Trump administration asserted that the military will have to "ensure that the tens of thousands' of service members dispersed across the United States' responsible for implementing accession policies have a working knowledge or in-depth medical understanding of the standards."

Three former Service Secretaries already cast doubt on the administration's assertion by confirming that most training required to begin processing transgender applicants was completed by the time of the presidential transition in January 2017.

According to the three former military Surgeons General who authored today's policy analysis, even if the Defense Department had not completed most preparation for the lifting of the accession ban almost one year ago, "Recruiters do not need additional training to process applications from transgender candidates because their only relevant responsibility is to help applicants prepare a package of medical information, a simple and straightforward task."

They add that, "Medical evaluators do not require in-depth training because they are already well versed in DOD's method for deriving objective and relatively simple assessments of medical fitness, and because potential co-morbidities [fitness concerns] of gender dysphoria and its treatment are not unique to transgender people...Teaching medical evaluators to process applications from transgender candidates requires less than one day of training."

Aaron Belkin, director of the Palm Center, said that "The President's effort to reinstate the transgender ban has effectively forced the military to make incorrect claims in court in an obligatory effort to defend the ban against all facts and evidence."

"Since President Trump issued his destructive order to ban transgender people from military service, more and more military leaders and experts are speaking out to support transgender troops and the importance of basing military policy on sound research and facts, not on political considerations," said National Center for Lesbian Rights ( NCLR ) Legal Director Shannon Minter, one of the lead attorneys challenging Trump's ban in federal court. "Extensive research has shown that allowing qualified transgender candidates to serve strengthens our military and our country. We cannot allow this administration to weaken our military based on false stereotypes and irrational bias."

About The Palm Center

The Palm Center is an independent research institute committed to sponsoring state-of-the-art scholarship to enhance the quality of public dialogue about critical and controversial issues of the day. Our research has been published in leading social science journals and extensively consulted and cited by US military leaders. The Palm Center seeks to be a resource for scholars, policymakers, journalists, opinion leaders, students and the public at large. For more information, visit us at www.palmcenter.org .


facebook twitter google +1 reddit email




Windy City Media Group does not approve or necessarily agree with the views posted below.
Please do not post letters to the editor here. Please also be civil in your dialogue.
If you need to be mean, just know that the longer you stay on this page, the more you help us.


  ARTICLES YOU MIGHT LIKE

Gay News

Landmark ruling OKs marriage, trans rights in Americas 2018-01-17 - The Inter-American Court of Human Rights, on Jan. 9, issued a landmark ruling that recognizes same-sex marriage and transgender rights in the Western ...


Gay News

National roundup: Lambda Legal, trans activist killed, Chelsea Manning 2018-01-16 - Employees at Lambda Legal voted 42-8 in favor of forming a union at the nation's oldest and largest legal organization working for the ...


Gay News

Kenosha school district settles trans lawsuit 2018-01-11 - A Wisconsin school district will pay $800,000 to settle a discrimination lawsuit that transgender former student Ash Whitaker brought, The Hill reported, citing ...


Gay News

HRC celebrates swearing-in of Danica Roem to Virginia House of Delegates 2018-01-10 - WASHINGTON, DC — Today, the Human Rights Campaign ( HRC ), celebrated Danica Roem's swearing-in to the Virginia House of Delegates as the ...


Gay News

Illinois' LGBTQ Laws Rated in HRC's Annual State Equality Index 2018-01-10 - WASHINGTON — The Human Rights Campaign ( HRC ) Foundation, the educational arm of HRC, in partnership with the Equality Federation, today released ...


Gay News

NUNN ON ONE: MUSIC Kaumakaiwa Kanaka'ole: Trans Hawaiian singer on home state, final CD 2018-01-10 - Transgender Hawaiian performer Kaumakaiwa Kanaka'ole is making a rare appearance in Chicago at the Old Town School of Folk Music. The show will ...


Gay News

BOOK REVIEW Tell: Love, Defiance, and the Military... 2018-01-10 - By Major Margaret Witt with Tim Connor, foreword by Col. Margarethe Cammermeyer $27.95; ForeEdge; 258 pages No doubt about it: You ...


Gay News

Kaumakaiwa Kanaka'ole at Old Town School of Folk Music Jan. 14 2018-01-03 - Kaumakaiwa Kanaka'ole, along with guitarist Shawn Pimental, brings to the stage an immense talent as a singer, chanter, and dancer as well as ...


Gay News

Sessions to put trans stories in spotlight 2018-01-03 - Just for transgender participants, "Stories in the Spotlight" lets people transform important moments into stories that professional actors will perform onstage. Playwright ...


Gay News

National roundup: Trump's anti-trans loss, marriage fight, gay mayors 2018-01-02 - The Trump administration abandoned its bid to prevent openly transgender people from serving in the U.S. military, the Pentagon announced Dec. 30, Newsweek ...


 



Copyright © 2018 Windy City Media Group. All rights reserved.
Reprint by permission only. PDFs for back issues are downloadable from
our online archives. Single copies of back issues in print form are
available for $4 per issue, older than one month for $6 if available,
by check to the mailing address listed below.

Return postage must accompany all manuscripts, drawings, and
photographs submitted if they are to be returned, and no
responsibility may be assumed for unsolicited materials.
All rights to letters, art and photos sent to Nightspots
(Chicago GLBT Nightlife News) and Windy City Times (a Chicago
Gay and Lesbian News and Feature Publication) will be treated
as unconditionally assigned for publication purposes and as such,
subject to editing and comment. The opinions expressed by the
columnists, cartoonists, letter writers, and commentators are
their own and do not necessarily reflect the position of Nightspots
(Chicago GLBT Nightlife News) and Windy City Times (a Chicago Gay,
Lesbian, Bisexual and Transegender News and Feature Publication).

The appearance of a name, image or photo of a person or group in
Nightspots (Chicago GLBT Nightlife News) and Windy City Times
(a Chicago Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual and Transgender News and Feature
Publication) does not indicate the sexual orientation of such
individuals or groups. While we encourage readers to support the
advertisers who make this newspaper possible, Nightspots (Chicago
GLBT Nightlife News) and Windy City Times (a Chicago Gay, Lesbian
News and Feature Publication) cannot accept responsibility for
any advertising claims or promotions.

 

 

 

TRENDINGBREAKINGPHOTOS

Sponsor
Sponsor


 

Sponsor


Sponsor

About WCMG Publications News Index  Entertainment Features Bars & Clubs Calendar Videos Advertisers OUT! Guide    Marriage


About WCMG      Contact Us      Online Front  Page      Windy City  Times      Nightspots      OUT! Guide     
Identity      BLACKlines      En La Vida      Archives      Subscriptions      Distribution      Windy City Queercast     
Queercast Archives      Advertising  Rates      Deadlines      Advanced Search     
Press  Releases      Event Photos      Join WCMG  Email List      Email Blast     
Upcoming Events      Todays Events      Ongoing Events      Post an Event      Bar Guide      Community Groups      In Memoriam      Outguide Categories      Outguide Advertisers      Search Outguide      Travel      Dining Out      Blogs      Spotlight  Video     
Classifieds      Real Estate      Place a  Classified     

Windy City Media Group produces Windy City Queercast, & publishes Windy City Times,
The Weekly Voice of the Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual and Trans Community,
Nightspots, Out! Resource Guide, and Identity.
5315 N. Clark St. #192, Chicago, IL 60640-2113 • PH (773) 871-7610 • FAX (773) 871-7609.