Though he was never charged, and the alleged incident had nothing to do with the actions that earned him a Silver Star, Mc Hugh still had the ability to strip the medal.
If a commander or senior leader learns a soldier acted criminally, or even unprofessionally, during the same period of time he or she performed actions meriting an award, the soldier could lose his decoration.
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The Army does not track the number of transgender soldiers currently serving, according to Paul Prince, an Army spokesman, but a 2016 Rand Corp.
report commissioned by the Defense Department estimated that there are about 2,400 transgender men and women currently serving in the military as a whole.
There are no physical requirements to begin a gender change, other than confirmation from a doctor that a transition is medically necessary, according to the directive.
The new Army Regulation 600-8-22 was published June 25 and will take effect July 25.
The Army last updated the regulation with a series of rapid action revisions in June 2013, and a major revision in December 2006.
The “explanation” portion of Article 134 identifies several considerations military commanders should consider in determining whether an act of sexual intercourse could satisfy the third and final element of adultery under the UCMJ, including whether the Soldier or their sexual partner was “legally separated.” When people refer to being “legally separated,” they generally mean one of two distinct legal situations " either they have signed a formal separation agreement with their spouse or that a state court has issued an order of separation.