[Excerpt] On July 13, 2015, Secretary of Defense Ashton Carter announced that DOD will review its policies on transgender service. As part of this announcement he issued two directives:
- 1. DOD will create a working group composed of military and civilian personnel to study the policy and readiness implications of allowing transgender persons to serve openly.
- 2. The decision authority for administrative discharges for those diagnosed with gender dysphoria or who identify themselves as transgender will be the Under Secretary of Defense for Personnel and Readiness.