Pfc. Manning's gender transition could set a precedent for US military

At HuffPo, Matt Sledge writes, "Chelsea Manning's lack of access to hormone therapy in military prison could spark a lawsuit and potentially set a military-wide precedent for transgender servicemembers." The military's Don't Ask, Don't Tell policy ended in 2011, but the Army continues to ban transgender soldiers as "administratively unfit." As Sledge writes, "The official Army regulation uses medically outdated terminology referring to "transvestism, voyeurism, other paraphilias, or factitious disorders, psychosexual conditions, transsexual, (or) gender identity disorder."

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  1. Does "administratively unfit" mean that the administration is unfit to deal with these issues properly?

  2. PeggyH says:

    "Administratively unfit" means that you piss them off somehow but they can't figure a good reason to get rid of you. I, myself, magically went from 4.0 evals, (perfect), to an overall 1.8 after I got outed as trans. Funny how one morning I was working on F-14A flight controls and by that afternoon I was only fit to swab decks and take out trash. I refused of course. What were they going to do? Throw me out?

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