Transitioning from one sex to another can never be a blissful time—it’s difficult to gauge just how hard given the extreme majority of us will never experience it—and doing so in a military environment is even more difficult.
However, airemen and airwomen of the United States Air Force can now look forward to a simplified “transitioning” process after it was reported those in the middle of their sex change will be permitted to skip fitness tests.
It’s a burgeoning new development announced by Secretary of the Air Force, Deborah James, who last month published the Air Force Policy Memorandum for In-Service Transition for Airmen Identifying as Transgender.
What this means is those receiving hormone therapy to move from male to female or vice versa will now have special permission to bypass any testing during what one can only imagine to be an extremely exhausting time already.
Fluctuating testosterone or estrogen levels can be hard enough to deal with on your average day, nevermind doing so while attempting to prove you belong among some of the fittest miitary personnel on the planet.
However, the decision is likely to raise a lot of eyebrows in regards to what should be expected of those serving in the Air Force and whether applicants can afford to miss out on such a crucial aspect of their certification.