The US Army is moving forward with mandatory training sessions for male soldiers despite a decision by Secretary of Defense James Mattis to impose a six-month delay on an Obama era order integrating transgender soldiers into the military.
A copy of the PowerPoint presentation and accompanying lesson plan were revealed to The Federalist by an active duty Army officer who completed the training session, along with 40 other soldiers, instead of their regularly scheduled morning physical training.
The new guidelines call for male soldiers to ensure an 'inclusive environment' by 'developing friendships' with 'transgender soldiers.'
'Social interactions and developing friendships with peers are what contribute to a positive work environment,' the presentation indicated. 'Maintain an inclusive environment and do not gossip. In accordance with good order and discipline, do not ask a colleague or subordinate for their personal information unless it is mission related.'
'This includes information about a Soldier’s gender identity, sexuality, medical challenges, and/or gender transition.'
Under the new guidelines, a soldier is only required to obtain a letter from a medical doctor stipulating they have achieved 'stability in their preferred gender' to officially change their 'gender marker' in the Army’s personnel database (DEERS).
From that point forward, a soldier is “expected to adhere to all military standards associated with their gender” and use the 'billeting, bathroom and shower facilities' of their new gender.
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