Recent Publications

Aaron Belkin | June 28, 2016

In this study, Aaron Belkin asks why, given that it took nearly two decades to repeal DADT, the campaign to lift the military's transgender ban achieved many of its goals in just a few years.

| April 6, 2016
Gale S. Pollock, Alan M. Steinman, and Clara Adams-Ender | March 18, 2015

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.

Aaron Belkin & Diane Mazur | January 22, 2015

Beginning with President Harry Truman's 1948 executive order2 declaring "the policy of the President" to be "equality of treatment and opportunity for all persons in the armed services without regard to race, color, religion or national origin," commanders-in-chief have taken direct, personal action to ensure equality of treatment for service members. Presidential leadership has been a critical factor in preserving, in Truman's words, the "highest standards of democracy" in the military, "with equality of treatment and opportunity for all those who serve in our country's defense."