Air Force updates physical fitness testing guidelines for transgender airmen.

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04/26/2022

The Air Force updated its requirements Thursday to permit transgender airmen to skip the annual physical fitness test while they undergo gender-confirmation surgery. The policy itself is actually not new, Bree Fram, president of Servicemembers, Partners and Allies for Respect and Tolerance for All, told Stars and Stripes by email Tuesday. But the update puts the information in a more commonly referenced document. The policy on transgender service members appeared in an Air Force policy memo published in April 2021. Updates on LGBTQ inclusiveness are nothing new for the Air Force. In December, airmen were given the option to use gender pronouns in their signature blocks. In mid-April, the Air Force said it will support airmen and their families with medical and legal help if they are affected by dozens of new state laws restricting LGBTQ rights.

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