New Pentagon plan could let trans troops take leave for hormone therapy



Pentagon officials are considering a pilot program that would allow transgender troops to take a leave of absence as they undergo hormone therapy, according to documents obtained by USA Today. The ban on transgender troops is set to end May 27th, according to the documents.

The plan being considered would allow transgender troops under medical treatment to take a sabbatical from service and return to the ranks “after they have made their transition to the other gender,” according to USA Today’s Tom Vanden Brook, who first reported on the memo.

The report was leaked less than two months after Defense Secretary Ashton Carter announced the creation of a working group that would consider the impact on the military if trans troops serve openly.

“The memo details a list of issues surrounding the open service of transgender troops, including medical treatment, housing, uniforms and physical fitness standards,” Brook wrote in his…

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