The United States Navy values diversity and we are a better military and stronger nation for it. This means that, like all other qualified citizens, Sailors that are gay, lesbian, bisexual, or transgender shall be evaluated based on individual merit, fitness, and performance. It is the policy of the Department of Defense to treat all service members in a sexual orientation neutral manner – with professionalism, dignity and respect to ensure maintenance of good order and discipline.
On 22 December 2010, the President signed into law legislation that set conditions for the repeal of Title 10, United States Code, Section 654, known as Don't Ask, Don't Tell (DADT).
Training was given to all active duty, selected reserve, and civilians who supervise military personnel using a tiered approach. Effective 20 September 2011, United States Code, Section 654 was officially repealed.
Following an extensive year-long review, on June 30, 2016, the Secretary of Defense announced a new policy allowing open service of transgender Service Members and outlined three reasons for this policy change:
The Army, Navy, Air Force, Marine Corps, and Coast Guard need to avail themselves of all talent possible in order to remain the finest fighting force the world has ever known. The mission to defend this country requires that the Services do not have barriers unrelated to a person's qualification to serve preventing the Department of Defense (DoD) from recruiting or retaining Service Members.
There are transgender Service Members in uniform today. DoD has a responsibility to them and their commanders to provide clearer and more consistent guidance.
Individuals who want to serve and can meet the Department's standards should be afforded the opportunity to compete to do so.
Effective 1 July 2016, transgender Service Members may serve openly, and they can no longer be discharged or otherwise separated from the military solely for being transgender individuals.
For those transgender Service Members already serving on 1 July 2016, they will be able to begin the process to officially change their gender in our personnel management systems no later than 1 October 2016.
Finally, no later than 1 July 2017, the military services will begin accessing transgender applicants who meet all standards-holding them to the same physical and mental fitness standards as everyone else who wants to join the military.
LGB Policy and Guidance Links/Information:
Allowable OCONUS Assignment Areas for Same-Sex Spouses
Personnel Support Professional Training - Same-Sex Marriage (Updated 15 Nov 13)
Personnel Support Professional Same-Sex Marriage FAQs (Updated 26 Jun 15)
Page 13 Instructions for Administrative Absence to Obtain a Legal Marriage
NAVADMIN 218/13 GUIDANCE ON BENEFITS FOR SAME-SEX SPOUSES
Frequently Asked Questions - Parades
Cross Dressing: Social Media FAQs and General Guidance
Transgender Service Policy and Guidance Links/Information:
Secretary of Defense Directive Type Memorandum 16-005, "Military Service of Transgender Service Members"
Department of Defense Instruction 1300.28, "In-Service Transition for Transgender Service Members"
SECNAVINST 1000.11, "Service of Transgender Sailors and Marines"
MILPERSMAN 1000-131, "Member Gender Marker Change"
Commander Quick Look (Final, 01 July)
Transgender Service Related NAVADMINS/ALNAVS:
Gender Transition Overview
Transgender Service Related FAQs
Commanding Officer's Toolkit
Bureau of Medicine and Surgery Notice 6000, "Medical Treatment of Transgender Service Members - Interim Guidance"
Department of Defense Transgender Handbook
Gender Dysphoria Fact Sheet
Guidance for Treatment of Gender Dysphoria
Endocrine Society Standards of Care 2009
Selective Service System: Transgender
Transgender Training Information
Transgender Training Related NAVADMINS:
Defense Collaboration Services (DCS) Web Meeting User Guide (use Email credentials)
Defense Collaboration Services (DCS) Getting Started Training
Transgender Military Service: Frequently Asked Questions
Transgender Implementation Training Troubleshooting
Transgender Disc Troubleshooting
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