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Army readies for new transgender policies

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The Army National Guard is currently undergoing training sessions in preparation of a new recruitment policy that opens the doors to transgender recruits, reports Federal Soup.

Beginning July 1, being transgender will no longer be a disqualifying factor from enlisting in the military.

The policy is an extension of a 2016 policy shift that meant currently serving transgender service members could not be discharged as a result of their transgender status.

The Guard is conducting training sessions to ensure its members are fully aware of the changes.

"All of this is an effort to ensure the seamless transition and the full implementation of [the] DOD policy,"Zenia Boswell of the Army National Guard's Personnel Policy Division, said, noting that this includes access to medical care.

"If a [Guard member] is on active duty orders, TriCare Prime will provide gender transition medical care to service members based on medical guidance from a military provider," Boswell said, continuing, "If traditional [Guard members] have TriCare Reserve Select, they would have to use that in concert with whatever civilian insurance they have, or they would have to use the civilian insurance by itself."

In regards to physical fitness standards, she said there will be no special treatment. "This is all about diversity and inclusion," she said, adding that military service by those who are transgender "is no different than anybody else" who wants to serve in the military.