Posts tagged "Military"

US Marine Corps Adds First Female Infantry Officer to Ranks

The lieutenant has requested that her name not be released to the public, but her achievement is a milestone for all women in military service. She will be assigned to the 1st Marine Division in California.

Trump Reinstates Ban on Recruitment of Transgender Troops

President Trump issued a memorandum last week reinstating a ban on transgender individuals serving openly in the United States military and forbidding the Department of Defense from providing medical treatment related to healthcare for transgender service members.
Trump Plans to Reinstate Ban on Transgender Troops

Trump Plans to Reinstate Ban on Transgender Troops

President Trump announced via Twitter on Wednesday morning that he plans to reinstate a ban on transgender individuals serving military “in any capacity” in the United States military. There are currently 1,320 to 6,630 transgender people serving in the military.

Senate Committee Votes to Give Free Birth Control to Non-Active Service Members

Last month, the Republican-controlled Senate Armed Services Committee passed an amendment to the National Defense Authorization Act that, if passed by Congress, would give free birth control to all members of the military and their dependents. Currently, women in the military are only granted this benefit while on active duty.

Defense Department Delays Plan to Allow Transgender Recruits

Military officials will now have until December 1, 2017, to conduct a review process to determine whether allowing transgender people to enlist will affect the “readiness or lethality” of the United States Armed Forces.

Bill to Protect Military Sexual Assault Survivors from Retaliation Heads to President’s Desk

On Thursday the Senate approved a bipartisan bill that seeks to address retaliation against service members who report sexual assault.

Defense Secretary Carter Lifts Ban on Transgender Service Members

In a historic decision, Defense Secretary Ashton Carter announced Thursday that the Pentagon is lifting its discriminatory ban on transgender people serving openly in the United States military.
Two Women Graduate from Army Ranger School, Making History

Two Women Graduate from Army Ranger School, Making History

Capt. Kristen Griest and 1st Lt. Shaye Haver have become the first women to ever graduate from the elite and grueling Army Ranger School.
Pentagon Starts Process to Lift Ban on Transgender Military Members

Pentagon Starts Process to Lift Ban on Transgender Military Members

Secretary of Defense Ash Carter announced this week that the Department of Defense will begin the process of lifting the ban on transgender military service members.
New Bill Would Create a Registry of Military Sex Offenders

New Bill Would Create a Registry of Military Sex Offenders

Due to loopholes in the system, many convicted sex offenders in the military are not registered sex offenders once they exit the military.
Senate Blocks Military Sexual Assault Legislation

Senate Blocks Military Sexual Assault Legislation

The Senate denied a vote for the Military Justice Improvement Act yesterday, blocking the act for the second time this year.
New California Law Takes Military Sexual Assault Cases Out of the Chain of Command

New California Law Takes Military Sexual Assault Cases Out of the Chain of Command

The law also now requires the California Military Department to report annually to the state government on sexual assault incidences and prevention plans.
New Report Urges US Military to Allow Transgender Personnel to Serve Openly

New Report Urges US Military to Allow Transgender Personnel to Serve Openly

A recent report has concluded that the US military has the resources it needs to allow transgender personnel to serve openly. Unfortunately, military policies don't allow them to do so.
US Support of Afghanistan Will Continue Even As Troops Drawdown

US Support of Afghanistan Will Continue Even As Troops Drawdown

The remaining troops will help train and advise Afghan security forces, as well as assist in counter-terrorism operations.
Fort Hood Soldiers Recruited for Prostitution Ring During Sexual Assault Program

Fort Hood Soldiers Recruited for Prostitution Ring During Sexual Assault Program

Female soldiers testified on Monday that they were recruited for a prostitution ring organized by a sergeant at Fort Hood in Texas.
Military Abortion Rights: Boxing In Women Who Serve

Military Abortion Rights: Boxing In Women Who Serve

Military families not only bear the full burden of costs for abortion care but, in some circumstances, are also actively blocked from receiving it even with out-of-pocket funds.
Our #AbortionMatters Blog Carnival

Our #AbortionMatters Blog Carnival

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First Woman Takes Helm of Air Force Academy

First Woman Takes Helm of Air Force Academy

On Monday, Lieutenant General Michelle Johnson took control of the Air Force Academy.
House Passes Bill Investigating Discharges of Military Sexual Assault Survivors

House Passes Bill Investigating Discharges of Military Sexual Assault Survivors

Yesterday the House passed an amendment to the 2014 defense appropriations bill that seeks to increase support of military sexual assault victims who have faced separation from the military based on alleged mental disorders.
Sexual Battery Charges Against Air Force Officer Dropped

Sexual Battery Charges Against Air Force Officer Dropped

A charge of sexual battery against Air Force officer Jeffrey Krusinski was dropped on Thursday. He is instead being charged with assault and battery and could still face jail time.