A new Pentagon policy limiting military service by people diagnosed with gender dysphoria unless they serve as their biological sex went into effect April 12. Currently enlisted troops who have a diagnosis of gender dysphoria or who identify as a gender other than their biological sex may continue to serve. But gender dysphoria is now considered a “condition that interferes with military service”—like sleepwalking, motion sickness, or personality disorders—for anyone who enlists or is diagnosed with gender dysphoria after April 12. Military academies will honor the previous policy allowing transgender students for the fall 2019 class, but will implement the new policy for students enrolling in the 2020-2021 school year, a military spokeswoman said this week.
Despite criticism, the Defense Department maintains the new policy, green-lighted by the Supreme Court in January after numerous legal challenges, implements standards that will ensure a lethal military force. —K.C.