Defense Sec. Hagel Open to ‘Review’ of Military Transgender Policy

Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel told ABC News’ Martha Raddatz on This Week with George Stephanopoulos that he was open to review of the U.S. military’s policy on transgender service members. Currently, transgender service members can be dismissed from the military without question.

“The issue of transgender is a bit more complicated because it has a medical component to it,” Hagel said. “These issues require medical attention. Austere locations where we put our men and women in many cases don’t always provide that kind of opportunity.”

“I do think it continually should be reviewed,” Hagel continued. “I’m open to that, by the way. I’m open to those assessments. Again, I go back to the bottom line: every qualified American who wants to serve our country should have an opportunity, if they fit the qualifications and can do it. This is an area we have not defined enough.”

Watch the clip below, via ABC News:

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