Several studies have focused on the experiences and readiness implications of policies and healthcare transition needs of gay and lesbians’ military personnel. Still, very few studies have focused on the transgender community within the United States military. The transgender community deviates from societal and biological norms associated with sex at the time of birth. Given the binary concept (male and female) from birth, the Department of Defence (DoD) has long held a stand focusing on that biological conformity. This stand is reflected in the policies and standards of the DoD that enabled them to enforce a ban on transgender service personnel from serving openly in the military. However, with the recent lifting of the ban on transgender personnel, several vital areas bordering on the policy changes must be addressed. The researcher argues that transgender service personnel is just as capable of discharging their duties as anyone else in the military. Still, there are potential readiness implications on the military that needs to be constantly updated. Implications border on the extent of current transition-related health care services and the cost associated with rendering these services, as well as the deploy ability of transgender service members (women-to-men) in roles that aforehand were suited to the male gender and vice versa. This study will analyze several vital journals to assess the readiness implication on the United States Military for lifting the ban of the open service of transgender personnel.

Year Manuscript Completed

Fall 2021

Senior Project Advisor

G. Michael Barton

Degree Awarded

Bachelor of Integrated Studies Degree

Field of Study

Military Studies

Document Type

Thesis - Murray State Access only

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