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Trump issues policy instruction for ban on transgender troops

By | 08/30/2017

In the past few days, several developments have occurred in the ongoing story of President’s Trump’s reinstatement of the ban on transgender troops serving openly. Our August 1 post noted that there were as yet no official changes to the accepting policy enacted by…Read More »

New guidance on discharge upgrade applications related to mental health, TBI, sexual assault and sexual harassment

By | 08/30/2017

The Department of Defense has issued a new guidance on discharge upgrade applications based on mental health conditions, traumatic brain injury, sexual assault, and sexual harassment.  In the past few years, the department has issued guidance for consideration of post-traumatic stress disorder…Read More »

MLTF’s MSV guide gets update and promotion campaign

By | 07/31/2017

MLTF’s memo “Challenging Military Sexual Violence: A Guide to Sexual Assault and Sexual Harassment Policies in the U.S. Armed Forces for Servicemembers, MSV Survivors and Their Advocates” has been updated and republished.  With military sexual assault and harassment still at epidemic levels despite years of…Read More »

Hazing and Bullying in the Military

By | 07/30/2017
This entry is part 1 of 6 in the series  On Watch 28.2 Summer 2017

This entry is part of On Watch 28.2 Summer 2017Bullying and hazing are extremely serious problems in the military, but DoD and service regulations provide important protections for victims. In recent years, considerable public attention has focused on hazing and bullying within the…Read More »

Military Transgender Policy

By | 07/05/2017

Print version (PDF) By Kathy Gilberd Updated: July 2017 Editor’s note, July 5, 2017:  This policy is undergoing regular transition within the US military and this page will be updated regularly to reflect the latest information available to us. The most recent update timestamp…Read More »

New Air Force CO Instruction

By | 06/30/2017
This entry is part 3 of 6 in the series  On Watch 28.2 Summer 2017

This entry is part of On Watch 28.2 Summer 2017by Bill Galvin In April the Air Force issued a new conscientious objector Instruction (AFI 36-3204). While the Summary of Changes states, “This publication has been substantially revised and requires a complete review,”…Read More »

2017 National Defense Authorization Act Personnel Provisions

By | 05/04/2017
This entry is part 2 of 4 in the series  On Watch 28.1 Spring 2017

This entry is part of On Watch 28.1 Spring 2017On December 23, 2016, President Obama signed the National Defense Authorization Act of 2017. Although the Act deals primarily with funds and authorizations for the military’s bloated budget, it always contains policies affecting…Read More »