The US Army is looking into changing policy in order to allow Soldiers to request a transfer to a different installation if they feel local state laws don’t fit their ideologies.
The new guidance, which would fall under “discrimination”-based policy, would allow Soldiers to request a change of duty station if they believe their current installation’s parent state laws discriminate against them based on gender, sex, religion, race or pregnancy.
The move, if approved, would effectively allow Soldiers to move to units and posts that align more with their personal ideology and lifestyle.
To put it simply: if Soldiers feel the state they are stationed in is too homophobic, racist, sexist or [insert “ist” here] for them to live comfortably, they can ask to move.
The news comes from two sources with direct knowledge of the proposed policy change, and several advocate groups are already in the loop.
“Some states are becoming untenable to live in; there’s a rise in hate crimes and rise in LGBT discrmination,” Lindsay Church, executive director of Minority Veterans of America, an advocacy group, told Military.com. “In order to serve this country, people need to be able to do their job and know their families are safe. All of these states get billions for bases but barely tolerate a lot of the service members.”
No word has been given, however, concerning deployments and assignments to partner nations with customs that conflict with a Soldier’s personal beliefs.
A 2015 study from Rand Corp estimated that roughly 6% of the military is gay or bisexual and 1% is transgender or nonbinary.
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