Most transgenders can not serve in USA military, Donald Trump formally moves ban

Trump's Pentagon Deep-Sixes Obama's Transgender Ideology

In another end-of-week news dump, the White House on Friday night released a memorandum effectively banning transgender people from serving in the military, following through on orders Donald Trump issued on Twitter last summer.

Citing "substantial medical treatment", the president announced on Friday that he is officially authorizing the Pentagon to disqualify "transgender persons with a history or diagnosis of gender dysphoria", with limited exceptions, Fox News reported.

The Department of Defence (DoD) had submitted a report to the presidentwhich said allowing those with a history of gender dysphoria to serve entailed "substantial risks" and could, by exempting them from existing physical, mental and sex-based standards, "undermine readiness... and impose an unreasonable burden on the military".

It added that "the Secretary of Homeland Security concurs with these policies with respect to the U.S. Coast Guard", which would also be affected by the policy.

Trump surprised the Pentagon's leadership in a 2017 tweet when he declared he would reverse an Obama-era plan to allow transgender individuals to serve openly.

"After consultation with my generals and military experts, please be advised that the US government will not accept or allow transgender individuals to serve in any capacity in the USA military", the president said then, though the announcement seemed to catch the Pentagon off guard.

"This policy was reverse-engineered for the sole objective of carrying out President Trump's reckless and unconstitutional ban", the union said. David Eastburn, a Pentagon spokesman.

House Democratic leader Nancy Pelosi tweeted, "No one with the strength & bravery to serve in the USA military should be turned away because of who they are".

A number of federal judges have issued rulings blocking Trump's ban.

Anywhere between 4,000 and 10,000 transgender people are now serving as active-duty and reserve service members.

The White House had said it would comply with court orders in favor of transgender troops and let the military proceed with accepting transgender recruits starting on January 1.

Mattis, in his recommendation to Trump, complained that the RAND study "heavily caveated data to support its conclusions, glossed over the impacts of health care costs, readiness and unit cohesion, and erroneously relied on the selective experiences of foreign militaries with different operational requirements than our own".

In February, the Pentagon confirmed to CNN that the first transgender person had signed a contract to join the U.S. military following a federal judge's ruling that said the military would have to accept transgender people.

But in the following months, multiple judges blocked Trump's ban as unconstitutional, preventing it from going into effect.

He said that present transgender soldiers who have not undergone reassignment surgery should be allowed to stay, provided they have been medically stable for 36 consecutive months in their biological sex before joining the military. In a report released on Friday, Defense Secretary Jim Mattis wrote that the new policy would "place the Department of Defense in the strongest position to protect the American people, to fight and win America's wars, and to ensure the survival and success of our service members around the world".

"Until the day we as transgender service members are ordered to take off our uniform, we will press forward and continue our commitments".

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