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Air Force Academy clarifies transgender service ban

Posted at 3:39 PM, Apr 19, 2019
and last updated 2019-04-19 17:39:22-04

AIR FORCE ACADEMY – The U.S. Air Force Academy is responding to questions about the ban on transgender servicemembers.

In a message to KOAA News5, the head of Media Relations at the Academy said the Academy does not have a separate policy from the Department of Defense, but that its policy aligns with the DoD.

The message also says those selected for entrance into the Academy before April 12, 2019, have to meet standards and requirements under the 2016 policy.

Those admitted after April 12 fall under new DoD rules, including that they may serve in their biological sex as long as they are meeting all standards associated with their biological sex.

New requirements also say those with a history of gender dysphoria are disqualified unless:

  • They have not undergone or nor are they seeking to transition
  • They are willing and able to serve in their biological sex
  • They can demonstrate immediately preceding accession 36 months of
    stability (i.e. absent gender dysphoria) as certified by a licensed medical

The Academy also says a history of cross-hormone therapy or a history of sex reassignment or genital reconstruction surgery is disqualifying.