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Transgenders Will Join the Indian Army?

The Army Adjutant General's branch is seeking feedback on the feasibility of hiring transgender personnel, their potential roles, and career options within the force.

The Indian Armed Forces are exploring the possibility of employing transgender individuals, in light of the Transgender Persons (Protection of Rights) Act, 2019. The Principal Personnel Officers Committee (PPOC) has formed a joint study group to understand the Act’s implications and suggest implementation strategies. Senior officers from various services, including the Armed Forces Medical Services, are part of the PPOC.

The Army Adjutant General’s branch is seeking feedback on the feasibility of hiring transgender personnel, their potential roles, and career options within the force. Although discussions are in preliminary stages, many directorates have submitted their feedback. Views vary, with some emphasizing that transgender recruits should undergo the same training and selection processes, while others point out logistical challenges like housing and integration into the military culture.

There are concerns about recognising the spouses of transgender personnel and their cultural integration. The 2019 Act aims to protect transgender rights and prevent discrimination in various sectors, including employment. Currently, the Armed Forces do not accept transgender or homosexual individuals.

Officials emphasize that any recruitment of transgender individuals would be based on selection and merit, similar to existing practices. Administrative challenges, like housing and toilet facilities, especially in field locations, are also being considered. Another concern is that restricting transgender postings to peaceful stations could limit opportunities for others.

In August, a report to the Rajya Sabha by the Standing Committee on Personnel, Public Grievances, Law, and Justice recommended that the Ministry of Home Affairs consider reservation benefits for transgender individuals in the Central Armed Police Forces, despite there currently being no transgender employees in the Armed Forces.

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