April 25, 2014

New Study Group To Release Report On Transgender Military Service

Commission Will Issue Recommendations for Inclusive Service

SAN FRANCISCO, CA — April 25 — Retired Major General Gale S. Pollock will co-chair a new commission to analyze best practices and address how regulations will need to be adjusted to allow for open transgender service without disrupting military readiness. General Pollock served as Acting Surgeon General of the US Army and Commander of the US Army Medical Command in 2007. Shannon Minter, one of the nation’s top experts in transgender law and policy, will serve as the other co-chair. Dr. Aaron Belkin, director of the Palm Center, which is establishing the commission, said that the project will “provide evidence-based research to the Defense Department, so that when the time comes to change the policy, leaders will have the tools they need for a smooth implementation.”