Transgenders Allowed To Graduate From Army
Two transgender cadets will be able to graduate from their military academies this month.
One transgender cadet at Army and another from the Airforce will be allowed to graduate later this month, if they pass their exams. However, after graduation, they won’t be able to serve. Their names aren’t being released.
"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," Cynthia Smith, an Army spokeswoman, told USA Today.
During the graduation, West Point will recognize the cadet’s biological sex, not the preferred gender.
The transgender cadets won’t be allowed to serve because the Pentagon hasn’t established procedures for accepting new transgender troops.
The U.S. Military Academy’s graduation is scheduled for May 27. Defense Secretary Jim Mattis will give the commencement address.
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