NGAUS Washington Report
May 1, 2018
The four chiefs of staff for the Air Force, Army, Marine Corps and Navy have told lawmakers that they know of no troublesome issues resulting from transgender individuals serving in their ranks.
Gen. David L. Goldfein, the Air Force chief of staff, was the latest to say he is unaware of any issues and said last week his conversations with transgender airmen has found “a commitment to serve by each of them.”
Military Times noted that his comments are in sync with those of his counterparts during their appearances before the Senate Armed Services Committee. They reported each chief’s earlier comments.
Gen. Mark A. Milley, Army chief of staff: “We have a finite number. We know who they are, and it is monitored very closely, because, you know, I’m concerned about that, and want to make sure that they are, in fact, treated with dignity and respect. And, no, I have received precisely zero reports [of problems].”
Adm. John Richards, chief of Naval Operations: “By virtue of being a Navy sailor, we treat every one of those Navy sailors, regardless, with dignity and respect. That is warranted by wearing the uniform of the United States Navy. By virtue of that approach, I am not aware of any issues.”
Gen. Robert Neller, the Marine commandant: “By reporting those Marines that have come forward, there’s 27 Marines that have identified as transgender, one sailor serving. I am not aware of any issues in those areas.”
President Donald Trump has directed that anyone with a diagnosis of gender dysphoria, which means they have discomfort with their biological gender, not be allowed to serve in the military.
The issue of transgender individuals serving in the military is being addressed in courts.