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    US Sailors deployed in Afghanistan ahead of the game in new Transgender Policy Training

    KABUL, Afghanistan - Delivering on the goal to remain the finest sea power force the world has ever seen, members of the U.S. Navy Reserve and active duty Sailors currently deployed to Resolute Support Headquarters (RS HQ) attended the Navy Transgender Service Members Policy training in Kabul, Afghanistan, Nov. 24

    "It is important to allow all our Sailors to serve with dignity", said Chief of Naval Operations (CNO) Adm. John Richardson during his visit to RS HQ. "I have to congratulate you all for starting the training so quickly here in Afghanistan, learning forward on how we are doing that."

    During the training Sailors learned about the new policy that took effect Oct. 1. Following its release, Sailors could begin the process to officially change their gender in the Navy administrative systems following DoD policy and in accordance to the standards delineated.

    In order to transition genders, the Sailor must be medically diagnosed by a military medical provider indicating the need for a gender transition, and a transitional plan must be developed and approved by their commanding officer.

    "Only 24 percent of Americans qualify to enter the military and we are also competing with the private sector to recruit and maintain the most qualified, talented and capable individuals to do the job," said CMDCM (EXW/SW) Derek Dye, Commander Master Chief for ECRC Forward. "It is about Sailor's readiness, morale, and cohesive units by demonstrating that we do care. It is about giving them the tools to do their best and to be their best."

    Dye conducted the training in an interactive way presenting real life situations in which the Sailors had the opportunity to ask questions and discuss opportunities to further a positive culture of inclusiveness.

    "It was a great coverage of the policy and the reason for its implementation. The scenarios facilitated a great discussion and helped me to gain a better perspective of this initiative," said Chief Petty Officer Frosch Kent, Intern Planner at the RS HQ. "Eliminating a barrier from qualified individuals is essential and it is even more validated if this policy will prevent the increase in suicides in our military.



    Date Taken: 11.25.2016
    Date Posted: 12.03.2016 00:14
    Story ID: 216307
    Location: AF

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