Trump Changes Policy on Military Service by Transgender Individuals

On July 26, to the surprise of Defense Department officials and members of the White House staff, Donald Trump transmitted a series of three tweets beginning at 8:55 a.m. announcing a new policy concerning military service by transgender individuals. “After consultation with my Generals and military experts, please be advised that the United States Government will not accept or allow……  ….Transgender individuals to serve in any capacity in the U.S. Military.  Our military must be … <Read More>

The New Military Benefits Policy Announcement

Today (February 11) the Defense Department announced a new list of benefits that will be made available to same-sex domestic partners of Servicemembers.  This will be on top of the accumulating list of benefits that have been made available since the “don’t ask don’t tell” policy was ended, together with the prohibition on service menbers entering into same-sex marriages.  (The memo from the office of Defense Secretary Leon Panetta is available on the DoD website … <Read More>