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Trump’s Bigoted Ban Isn’t the Only Obstacle That Trans Soldiers Face When They Try to Serve Their Country

Broadly headed down to Texas to interview a few trans soldiers about their experience, and to examine "how current military bureaucracy makes it easy to get rid of anyone deemed 'unwanted' by the military—with or without an official ban."

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This Veterans Day, Remember All The Sexually Assaulted Vets Who Deserve Better from Our Military

This Veterans Day, as many in the U.S. remember their relatives and friends in the armed forces, it's also crucial that we remember the sexual assault survivors in the military - and that we condemn just how poorly our government treats them.

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Marvel Cancels NYCC Event With Northrop Grumman, But This Isn’t Comics’ First Queasy Alliance With the Military-Industrial Complex

After backlash from fans, Marvel has cancelled an all-ages comic promoting the defense contractor Northrop Grumman. However, this partnership is just one piece of comics' long history with the military-industrial complex.

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Mattis Orders Freeze on Trans Military Ban, But That’s What He Was Ordered to Do in the First Place

Defense Secretary Jim Mattis has announced that he's still allowing trans people to serve in the military, despite the White House's orders directing the Department of Defense to ban trans people. But that's what he was told to do in the trans ban guidelines anyway.

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Chase Strangio, Chelsea Manning’s Lawyer, Shares Wisdom About Trans Healthcare

This is a thread you'll definitely want to read, and though Chase Strangio explicitly addresses reporters and the way that they write about trans healthcare, it's helpful to anyone who might need to reframe the way they think about trans healthcare in general.

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Trump Hit With Lawsuits for His Terrible, Unconstitutional Transgender Military Ban

Lawsuits from the ACLU and Lambda Legal expose the ban for what it is—a bigoted attack on human rights with no basis in research, science, or logic.

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Trump’s Ban on Transgender Military Recruits Is As Cruel and Stupid As Promised

Trump has signed his promised ban on trans people serving in the military. It bans openly trans people from enlisting, and it bars the military from funding gender-reassignment surgeries.

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A List of Things You Can Buy With the Money Donald Trump Spends Avoiding His Wife

You can fund transgender troops' medical costs, even.

In light of the recent news that Donald "I'm Afraid of Change and Committment" Trump announced a ban on transgender people serving in the military, I wanted to look a bit into how much it would actually cost the U.S. to fund healthcare for trans individuals.

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John Oliver Explains Why We Should All Be Worried About the Recent U.S. Airstrike Against Syria

You can always count on John Oliver's Last Week Tonight to provide a thoughtful breakdown of any particular week's goings-on, and last week was no different, with the biggest story, of course, being Trump authorizing an air strike against a military target in Syria in response to Syrian dictator Bashar al-Assad's use of chemical weapons against his own people. Check out Part One of the segment above, and Part Two below.

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Chelsea Manning Facing Ridiculous Additional Charges for June Suicide Attempt

It seem that the U.S. government is looking to punish Chelsea Manning for her suicide attempt from back in June.

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Male Marines Annoyed by “Crybaby” Gender-Neutral Language Express Their Point By Being Crybabies

Now that women are allowed to serve in all combat positions in the US military, it makes sense that each branch would start making their language, I dunno, gender neutral. Especially considering that even before women were serving in these position, one's job in the military was never being a man it was using a rifle, or driving a tank. Well, the US Marines are finally doing just that...and it's not making everyone entirely happy. But it's like, totally not a big deal.

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The Uniform as Costume: From McDonald’s to Drag Balls

A news story about a Taiwanese McDonald's branch wearing Taiwanese military uniforms as part of a new years campaign (other branches has Minion themes, zombie themes, etc.) made national news a few weeks ago.

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The US Military Thinks This Boston Dynamics Robot Is Too Loud to Use

The US military has been testing the use of this pack mule robot by Boston Dynamics, presumably with the hope that it would help share the load of all the heavy equipment that our armed forces carry with them in the field. Unfortunately, these robots are way too loud to use.

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All U.S. Military Combat Roles Will Finally Open to Women

In case you forgot that in 2015, we still don't even necessarily have legal gender equality let alone social, United States Defense Secretary Ashton B. Carter has announced that all U.S. military combat positions will finally open to women.

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Military Forcing Chelsea Manning to Adhere to Male Grooming Standards While Imprisoned

Apparently, being in prison isn't enough of a punishment. Nor is the threat of solitary confinement. Now, the military has denied Chelsea Manning's request to follow feminine grooming standards in military prison in what seems to be another attempt to humiliate Manning and disregard her transgender identity.

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The Navy SEAL Program Will Now Allow Women To Join

Following close on the heels of the announcement that two women just passed US Army Ranger training, the US NAVY Seal program announced that they'll now allow women a shot at making the grade as well.

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Pentagon Set to Remove Ban on Transgender Military Personnel

An estimated 15,000 transgender people are currently serving in the military. There's no current information on how many transgender personnel have been discharged for being trans.

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Rape Jokes in the Military? How About No?

[Trigger Warning] Brian Adam Jones is the editor-in-chief of Task & Purpose. He also happens to be a veteran of the United States Marine Corps.

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Real Life Iron Man Armor Commissioned by US Military

Because people don't already have enough trouble distinguishing reality and fiction.

The US military has gotten it in their heads that the best way to support our troops would be to allow them to walk through a hail of bullets like Iron Man. We couldn't agree more.

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Modern Warfare: New Medal Announced For Drone Pilots, Military Computer Wonks

On Wednesday afternoon, outgoing Defense Secretary Leon Panetta announced a new medal would be added to the roster of decorations for American soldiers -- the Distinguished Warfare Medal. Like most other medals, this one will be awarded to soldiers whose actions had a heroic impact on the battlefield. Unlike other medals, though, it won't require that the soldier have actually been on the battlefield, as the Distinguished Warfare Medal is meant to honor cyberwarriors, drone pilots, and others who serve their country remotely, sometimes without ever being involved in traditional combat. Learn more and get a look at the new medal below.

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