OutServe-SLDN and I are announcing today, May 16, that I’ve changed my documented gender with the Department of Defense. We’ve together documented which documents are required to change one’s electronic gender marker in the DOD’s databases, and the procedures and service specific addresses for submitting those documents to the four DOD military services. In a very direct way, documenting and publishing procedures will give other trans military retirees a template for how to accomplish changing their own DOD documented gender.
...The DOD’s requirements are more onerous. They require all of the following documents to change one’s recorded gender:
1. Changed birth certificate (original or notarized copy)
2. Court order: name change document (original or notarized copy)
3. Notarized letter indicating surgical transition letter
4. Court order: change of gender (original or notarized copy)
5. Copy of updated Social Security Card or notarized copy of current Social Security Benefits indicating changed name and SSN
6. Copy of driver’s license, state-issued ID card, or passport with new name and gender indicated
The following additional document is a required document if one has a spouse that is enrolled in the Defense Enrollment Eligibility Reporting System (DEERS):
7. Notarized letter from the retired servicemember’s spouse indicating that he or she understands that after the DOD documents the gender change they will lose their Tricare coverage.