Trans cadets are allowed to study but not to serve


Transgender cadets in the US military are being told that they can graduate from their training,
but they won’t go to the army afterwards. Two trans cadets in the Air Force and Army academies have been told that despite being on track to pass their exams, but their military career will end on it. The two people, whose identities remain anonymous, came forward with the revelation that will leave them unemployed following their studies. The decision to not allow trans military graduates to join comes as policies on accepting trans troops are yet to have been created.A spokesperson for the Air Force Academy, Lt. Col. Allen Herritage explained that a trans cadet in his academy would not be allowed to serve despite “strongly recommending” them. He said: “Currently, there is an Air Force Academy cadet who has identified as a transgender individual. The cadet can graduate. But, per the current (Defence Department) transgender policy, this cadet cannot commission into the Air Force. However, we are strongly recommending this individual for Air Force civil service as an option for continued service after the academy,” he added. Cynthia Smith, a spokesperson for the Army, confirmed that they too had a trans cadet due to graduate. “We can confirm that a military academy cadet has identified as transgender, however, per the current Department of Defense medical accessions policy, this cadet cannot commission,” Smith said in a statement.


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