Trump Attempts to Revive Transgender Military Ban

Trump Attempts to Revive Transgender Military Ban

Under the new policy proposal, transgender Americans "who require or have undergone gender transition are disqualified from military service", while transgender troops now serving will essentially be asked to deny their own gender identity, as the Pentagon will be able to demand that they serve according to the gender they were assigned at birth.

As noted by U.S. Rep. Dave Bratt, R-Va., during an appearance on Fox News' "The Ingraham Angle", who was responding to a question of whether Trump was throwing this out as a concession to his base after signing the $1.3 trillion omnibus bill, people are exhausted of the U.S. Military being used as a laboratory for social engineering.

That initial order, which came as a surprise to the Pentagon, was put on ice after Defense Secretary James Mattis said he would need time to review the order.

The policy announcement outraged advocates for transgender troops, and the advocates vowed to fight the limits in court.

"There is no evidence to support a policy that bars from military service patriotic Americans who are medically fit and able to deploy". "The Department of Justice will continue to defend DOD's lawful authority to create and implement personnel policies they have determined are necessary to best defend our nation".

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Over three tweets, with no explanation or official follow up from the Pentagon, he wrote: "After consultation with my Generals and military experts, please be advised that the United States Government will not accept or allow transgender individuals to serve in any capacity in the U.S. Military".

"Barring further court action, the administration can not implement this ban", HRC said in a statement.

Defense Secretary Jim Mattis said in a memo to the president in February there are "substantial risks" associated with allowing individual with gender dysphoria to serve, noting that allowing them to be exempt from the same standards other service members are held to, to include mental health standards, "could undermine readiness [and] disrupt unit cohesion", Fox News reported.

A number of federal judges have issued rulings blocking Trump's ban. Judge Colleen Kollar-Kotelly had ruled that the military's current policy should remain in place.

I therefore respectfully recommend you revoke your memorandum of August 25, 2017 regarding Military Service by Transgender Individuals, thus allowing me and the Secretary of Homeland Security with respect tot he U.S. Coast Guard to implement appropriate policies concerning military service by transgender persons.

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The report found that allowing transgender people to serve openly would have a minimal impact on force readiness and healthcare costs. That would represent roughly 0.005 percent to 0.017 percent of overall health care costs for the us military, the study added. Since then, transgender troops had been serving openly and successfully - until President Trump unleashed his incendiary barrage of uninformed tweets. Almost two-thirds (64%) of the public favor allowing transgender people to serve, while 30% oppose.

"In short", Mattis concluded, "this policy issue has proven more complex than the prior administration or RAND assumed".

The move is an extension of the policy announced impulsively by President Trump on Twitter last July, in which he vowed to ban all transgender people from the military.

Federal judges required the military to allow transgender recruits beginning January 1, and the Pentagon signaled in December that it would not stand in the way of the courts' rulings.

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