The Defense Department, after months of litigation and controversy over the issue, is establishing a new policy for transgender troops: They can enlist and serve, but only if they stick to their biological sex. No transitioning allowed. The department issued a memorandum late Tuesday ordering the military to adopt the policy, which will take effect April
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The Defense Department announced Wednesday that same-sex military couples will begin to receive benefits such as health insurance and additional housing allowance no later than Sept. Pentagon officials issued a release Wednesday morning in which it confirmed the "Defense Department will make spousal and family benefits available no later than Sept. Former Defense Secretary Leon Panetta had announced in February the Defense Department would extend certain benefits to same sex partners.
The Defense Department's Office of Inspector General plans to look into whether service members were improperly forced out of the military since due to mental health issues after reporting their sexual assaults. In a June 24 memo to the Army, Navy and Air Force, Randolph Stone, deputy inspector general for policy and oversight, said the OIG plans to first identify service members who made unrestricted sexual assault reports since the beginning ofand identify service members by type of separation after filing such reports. The OIG will then evaluate whether those who were separated for non-disability medical conditions — including personality and adjustment disorder — were done according to DoD rules. Jackie Speier, D-Calif.
The last version of that report counted an estimated 26, unwanted sexual contacts in and gave victim advocates a powerful data point as they pushed Congress and the White House to make major changes to the military justice system. Kirsten Gillibrand D-N. A Pentagon spokeswoman, Lt.
A military courtroom at the Navy Yard in Washington, D. The Defense Department is working on meeting a legal requirement that uniformed child sex offenders be reported to a federal sex offender database managed by the Department of Justice, and then passed along to a searchable national internet database. Congress passed a law in May that requires the DOD to report the names of the military convicts to a federal sex offender database managed by the Department of Justice, and those names will be passed along to a searchable national internet database.
Even under the best circumstances, talking about sex can be difficult. Helping wounded warriors address sex and intimacy is the mission and — pardon the expression — the passion of Kathryn Ellis. Courtesy photo.
The Defense Department Inspector General has started an inquiry into how the Pentagon's school system handles student misconduct, according to an announcement issued Friday. The inquiry, ordered in a June 5 report from the Senate Armed Services Committee, will look at whether "the DoD and DoD Education Activity DoDEA have adequate policies and procedures to respond to incidents of serious student misconduct including sexual assault and sexual harassment," the announcement states. The investigation comes after a series of news stories over the last several years highlighting cases of apparent student-on-student sexual assault in the system's schools met by little or no action from school or Pentagon officials.