Accession Standards for Transgender Personnel

March 18, 2015
Gale S. Pollock, Alan M. Steinman, and Clara Adams-Ender

In this letter, the authors argue that there is no medically valid reason for prohibiting transgender applicants from enlisting in the military, for presuming that they are less fit for duty or assignment than other applicants, or for presuming them unfit unless they receive a waiver. And, more generally, there is no need to presume all members of a group are unfit when the regulations already contain generally applicable standards to assess medical risk.

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