A military court has ordered the release of more than a million documents related to military personnel services in the U.S. military, according to a statement from the Office of the Special Counsel, which is investigating the matter.
The documents are among about 4 million documents that were previously kept secret from the public, including the identities of servicemembers, as well as details of their work, their medical histories and their medical benefits, the statement said.
They are the most extensive records of military personnel held by the Department of Defense, according the statement.
The information, which includes names, addresses, birth dates, Social Security numbers, birth certificates, and other information, was kept secret because the Department had not yet decided on the number of records that would be released.
The release of the documents comes as the Senate Armed Services Committee is considering the nomination of retired Gen. James Mattis, a candidate for secretary of defense, as defense secretary.
The House of Representatives is expected to take up the nomination Tuesday.
Mattis has not yet been nominated.
The military records are among the largest of the hundreds of thousands of documents that have been withheld from public release since a 2014 military court ruling that declared all records should be released in order to protect national security and to protect the rights of individuals.
The court ruled that the secrecy of military records violated the Constitution and the law.
The court ordered the records released in 2016.
In a letter sent to Army Secretary Eric Fanning and the U:P.O., the special counsel said the release is an essential step toward improving transparency and accountability in the military.
“While the Department and its contractors continue to work with the Special Master to expedite the process, the Special Committee is committed to working with the Department to ensure this important information is made available to the public,” said James F. Womack Jr., a former acting U.N. Special Envoy on Torture, who is serving as a member of the special committee.
The records will be released under a public records act.
Trump wants to give every military veteran the option of becoming an Express Personnel Services officer
Trump is seeking to give military veterans the option to become the first members of their branch of the armed forces to become a full-time officer.
The move, the latest in a series of steps to expand access to the military and create more career opportunities for women, was first reported by Axios.
It would allow service members who have served more than one combat mission, and have been injured, or who have lost their legs or arms, to earn up to four years of service on an Express personnel service plan, which is designed to make it easier for people to join the armed services.
The plan would also allow service soldiers to become Express personnel officers, meaning they could work with other federal agencies like the Department of Housing and Urban Development or the Department for Veterans Affairs.
In a press release on Thursday, Trump’s administration touted the plans as part of efforts to modernize the military.
The White House has already released a list of 21 requirements for military service, which would include having a minimum of a high school diploma and having at least a bachelor’s degree, and Trump has also outlined steps to streamline the military’s workforce and expand its operations.
The military’s most recent budget request, for fiscal year 2019, proposed giving the armed service the option for a total of 4,000 more Express personnel officer positions.
In addition to Express personnel, Trump is also asking Congress to give veterans more choice in how to apply for military benefits, including the ability to pay for their own health care and pay for out-of-pocket expenses, which the military has been struggling with.
Trump’s military service-related travel restrictions have been a major source of concern for veterans, as he has tried to make veterans wait weeks and sometimes months for care at military hospitals.