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Commentary | Sept. 7, 2022

Coast Guard updates transgender service policy

By Zach Shapiro, MyCG Writer 

The Coast Guard has updated the transgender service policy. The policy now requires a separate page command endorsement for gender transition requests (GTRs). The endorsement clarifies the requirement to request a change to a gender marker in the Defense Enrollment Eligibility Reporting System (DEERS). 
The update requires that a GTR must be endorsed by the first captain (O-6) or CG-15 in the member’s chain of command with a separate page endorsement addressing the unit’s ability to support the member throughout their transition. The previous policy did not require a separate page endorsement. 
The updated guidance also clarifies that a military medical provider must determine that transitioning members are stable in their gender identity in order to request a change to their gender marker in DEERS.  

The previous policy checklist included an 18-month timeframe for transitioning members to be stable in their gender identity. The 18-month timeframe only applies to accession points under the new policy. 
If you have any questions, please email the Coast Guard’s Office of Military Personnel Policy, or reach out to your chain of command. For more information, please see Update to Military Transgender Service ALCOAST 320-22 

In the news:  


  • PSC Personnel Services Division Field Support (FS) Transgender Servicemembers Coast Guard Portal page 
  • Transgender policy 
  • Military Transgender Service ACN 014-21 
  • Military Transgender Policy Update ACN 058-21 

Tags: transgender, feature news, CG-133, military policy, gender identity, inclusion, non-discrimination,