Gender transition begins when a Service member receives a diagnosis
from a military medical provider indicating that gender transition is
medically necessary, and concludes when the Service member’s gender
marker in DEERS is changed and the member is recognized in the
preferred gender. At that point, the Service member will be responsible
for meeting all applicable military standards in the preferred gender, and
as to facilities subject to regulation by the military, will use those berthing,
bathroom, and shower facilities associated with the preferred gender.
DoD and the Military Departments will institute policies to provide Service
members a process by which, while serving, they may transition gender.
These policies are premised on the conclusion that open service by
transgender persons who are subject to the same standards and
procedures as other members with regard to their medical fitness for
duty, physical fitness, uniform and grooming standards, deployability,
and retention, is consistent with military service and readiness.
The Military Departments and Services recognize a Service member’s
gender by the member’s gender marker in the DEERS. Coincident with
that gender marker, the Services apply, and the member is responsible
to meet, all standards for uniforms and grooming; body composition
assessment (BCA); physical readiness testing (PRT); Military Personnel
Drug Abuse Testing Program (MPDATP) participation; and other military
standards applied with onsideration of the member’s gender.
As to facilities subject to regulation by the military, the Service member
will use those berthing, bathroom, and shower facilities associated with
the member’s gender marker in DEERS.
NOTE: The Army will publish updates to regulations when ready
more information read DODI 1300.28