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Military Minute - December 21st

Fog, Jeopardy, and Military Readiness

Military Minute - December 21st
On today's episode of the Military Minute, we're sharing stories from the community about a retired Sgt. Major disrespected on Jeopardy, the weather's effect on an exercise, and unusual wrinkles in the transgendered troops saga.

Transgender recruits now have official DoD rules concerning their underwear

The Pentagon has published new guidance for all military processing commands on how examiners are to treat and evaluate transgender recruits if current court rulings hold and allow enlistment on Jan. 1.

The seven-page guidance gives detailed instructions on how recruits should be treated along the way, including providing private examination areas where possible and even outlining guidance on underwear.

It also includes a major change in the initial recruiter interview, directing recruiters not to screen out potential enlistees based on any initial information they provide on a medical pre-screening reports. Other directions address how a recruit’s identify should be verified when the recruit identifies as a sex other than their biological sex. 

‘Jeopardy!' host Alex Trebek asks if it's difficult for a female master sergeant to give orders

Retired Army Master Sgt. Lisa Beth Davis made an appearance as a ‘Jeopardy!’ contestant on Tuesday, walking away with second place and $2,000.

It would have been just another night on the NBC game show, except that viewers seized on one particular moment: While getting to know the contestants, host Alex Trebek asked Davis about her service.

“That must be really tough for a woman, because a master sergeant is giving orders most of the time,” he inquired. “How was it for you?”

With a smile, Davis responded that she was the oldest of several sisters and that she’d become “pretty bossy” by the time she was in charge of soldiers.

“So, you learned how to do it?” Trebek responded. “Good for you.”

Current events key to exercise for Soldiers, Airmen

When organizers started thinking about the December exercise, Rainier War based at McChord Field of Joint Base Lewis-McChord, they looked to recent events for inspiration.

“We ensure that our crews are getting trained to the relevancy of what’s tactically happening in the world at the time,” said Capt. Ashley Deming, Air Force lead planner for the exercise and deputy director of Wing Tactics, 62nd Operations Support Squadron. “We look at current world situations, and we will formulate a scenario that they have to plan to, in order to train to that and be prepared.”

Despite several months of designing exercise scenarios and invitations for JBLM units, other U.S. military bases, as well as other countries to participate, an unexpected visitor suddenly showed up and threatened to completely derail the exercise.


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