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USS John S McCain Holds Transgender Personnel Policy Training

SOUTH CHINA SEA (Jan. 12, 2017) -- The Arleigh Burke-class guided-missile destroyer USS John S. McCain (DDG 56) command triad held training for the ship’s crew pertaining to Secretary of the Navy’s Instruction (SECNAVINST) 1000.11, Jan. 9-12.

Effective Oct. 1, 2016, transgender Sailors could begin the process to officially change their gender in our personnel administrative systems in accordance with DOD and service policy. On July 1, 2017, transgender applicants who meet updated accessions standards may be accessed into the U.S. Armed Services.

“We as a Navy are always looking for the best of the best,” said Cmdr. Alfredo L. Sanchez, commanding officer of McCain. “This allows us to continue that tradition.”

The training was broken down into four days and divided by junior enlisted and E-7 and above. This allowed for Sailors to ask any questions they had regarding the policy.

McCain’s crew was briefed on how and when the policy took effect to how a Sailor goes about changing gender via the Defense Enrollment Eligibility Reporting System (DEERS).

After explaining the new policy and taking questions from Sailors, Sanchez concluded the training with a strong statement.

“This policy protects a Sailor’s privacy and treats all our shipmates with the dignity and respect we all deserve,” said Sanchez.

This policy guidance only applies to Navy military personnel - both active and reserve. Questions on Department of the Navy (DON) transgender civilian personnel shall be referred to the DON Office of Civilian Human Resources, and/or the DON Office of the General Counsel and questions on transgender civilian contractors serving with the Navy should be referred to the contracting officer's representative.

To help answer Sailors' questions, contact 1-855-628-9311 (1-855-NAVY-9311). Sailors will need to press "0" and follow a series of prompts or email

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