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Transgender soldiers may be allowed to serve openly in U.S. military

transymbolIn a report issued earlier this week, top Pentagon officials have said that it is 'likely' that trans citizens would be allowed to serve openly in the U.S. armed forces.

The 29 page document issued by retired Major General Gale S Pollock, former acting surgeon general of the Army General Clara Adams-Ender and former US Army chief General Thomas A Kolditz, is being likened to the downfall of the 'Don't Ask Don't Tell' policy that stopped many gay and lesbian citizens serving.

The report concluded that: "Allowing transgender personnel to serve openly is administratively feasible and will not be burdensome or complicated". It is estimated, from research from a Palm Centre commission that there are already 15,500 personel that are not allowed to be openly transgender in the US forces.

Pollock added: “From a military officer perspective, we consider honor and integrity to be just essential values” ... “But how can we say that when we’re asking these men and women to lie about who they are? That’s very comparable to the ‘don’t ask, don’t tell’ piece. To me, it’s just wrong.”

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