Thomas A. Kolditz, professor in the practice of leadership and management and director of the Leadership Development Program, recently served as a member of the Transgender Military Service Commission. A retired brigadier general and former head of the Department of Behavioral Sciences and Leadership at West Point, Kolditz contributed his expertise to the independent commission of medical and psychological experts convened to determine whether U.S. military policies that exclude transgender service members are based on medically sound reasons.
In its report, released on March 13, the commission stated that it found no compelling medical reason for banning transgender military service. “We determined not only that there is no compelling medical reason for the ban, but also that the ban itself is an expensive, damaging, and unfair barrier to healthcare access for the approximately 15,450 transgender personnel who serve currently in the active, Guard, and reserve components.”
Commenting on the report in the Associated Press, Kolditz said that allowing transgender people to serve openly in the military would reduce gender-based harassment, assaults, and suicides while enhancing national security.
Read the report.