GavelThis page highlights new and updated policies that impact members of the military community. Resources include Department of Defense directives, instruction and guidance concerning a wide range of topics. Please check back to view the latest policies as they become available.

Transgender Policy

Effective immediately, transgender service members may serve openly, and they can no longer be discharged or otherwise separated from the military solely for being transgender individuals. Secretary of Defense Ash Carter announced the policy changes regarding transgender service members on June 30, 2016.

Blended Retirement System

A modernized military retirement system, the Uniformed Services Blended Retirement System, will take effect Jan. 1, 2018. Eligibility will vary depending on service members’ military enrollment dates. Sections 631, 632, 633, 634, and 635 of the Fiscal 2016 National Defense Authorization Act outline the new system. Take the Blended Retirement System training through Joint Knowledge Online and watch for additional opportunities to learn more.

Background Checks on Individuals in DoD Child Care Services Programs

Updated Department of Defense Instruction 1402.05, “Background Checks on Individuals in DoD Child Care Services Programs,” July 14, 2016, ensures any adult who has regular contact with children in a Department of Defense-sanctioned child care or youth program has been thoroughly screened.

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