The U.S. Navy has announced that all sailors will be required to attend transgender education training by Summer 2017 in response to a new policy change that will allow transgender people to openly serve in the military. The Navy will be dispatching “mobile training teams” to senior leaders starting November 1, 2016.
These mobile training teams will be responsible for conducting face-to-face meeting with senior leaders to teach them how to appropriately handle the new policy change and the integration of transgender service members into the armed forces. Commanders will be provided with a “commander’s tool kit” that will guide them through he entire education process.
The exact content of the the “commander’s tool kit” and the training sessions have not been released. However, Navy officials have stated that the courses will focus on setting guidelines for “expectations of personal behavior” for all service members. Naval Personnel Command spokeswoman Lt. Jessica Anderson commented on the training by telling Military.com:
“Service members are expected to maintain standards of conduct and treat each other with dignity and respect. Training for sailors will be conducted by command triads via mobile training teams or DVD with a facilitation guide if the unit is in a remote area and unable to receive face-to-face training. There will also be webinars for [commanding officers] to ask questions prior to delivering training to their commands.”
All Navy personnel are required to complete the training before the Navy begins accepting transgender recruits on July 1, 2017.