Statement from CNO on Transgender Policy Change

25 January 2021
Chief of Naval Operations Adm. Mike Gilday issued a statement regarding the Transgender Policy Change, Jan. 25.

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Today’s transgender policy change eliminates an unnecessary barrier to service and ensures we are able to carry out our mission with the best-qualified and most-capable Sailors regardless of gender identity, sexual orientation, gender, race, or creed. Simply put, all Sailors and applicants for accession to the Navy must be treated with dignity and respect. This policy change is the right thing to do and is another step in ensuring that we continue to recruit and retain the best and most qualified people.

I’m absolutely confident in the ability of our Sailors – active and reserve, uniform and civilian – to implement this policy in a manner that both protects the readiness of the force and also upholds values cherished by our service.

We will continue to work closely with the Office of the Secretary of Defense to implement the new guidance provided by the Commander-in-Chief on transgender individuals serving in the military.

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