Transgender in the military? New $1.35 million grant to investigate if it’s a good idea

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The Palm Center, the think tank best known for its work on the military’s “don’t ask, don’t tell” policy, is taking on the new mission of investigating: “whether and how the U.S. armed forces could include transgender troops without undermining readiness.”

The commission is lead by Project Director Indra Lusero, who has commissioned 16 scholars to conduct 11 studies on whether and how the U.S. armed forces could include transgender troops without undermining readiness. It will be the largest and most comprehensive study of its kind on the subject to date.

The commission will look at polices already in England, Canada, Israel and Australia — countries that already allow for transgender troops to serve in the armed forces. This information will be used to formulate a policy that is acceptable to the U.S. military, which has no official policy on the subject.

The policy formed by this study will include research done by police, fire departments, prisons, and athletic organizations in assessing the best practices for accommodating transgender in their medical care as well as formulating a acceptable compromise to the military codes for appearance and dress.

The Palm Center is confident that the research will lead to an inclusion of transgenders into the military and will not take as long as “don’t ask, don’t tell” to become official policy.