Trump rolls out new transgender military ban

Trump rolls out new transgender military ban

Trump rolls out new transgender military ban

It comes after court rulings froze the president's initial ban on transgender troops, issued in July 2017, as potentially unconstitutional.

"By its very nature, military service requires sacrifice", Mattis wrote in a memo to the president, according to The Washington Post.

But LGBT rights advocates were quick to condemn the policy. That's all. This president will forever be remembered for his bigoted and spineless attacks on trans troops bravely serving our nation.

In a tweeted response to the president's announcement, Vote Vets reminded the Trump administration of the sacrifices that have been made by transgender Americans who have served in the military.

In the memo, published by the Secretary of Defense James Mattis, Trump stated, "The Secretary of Defense, and the Secretary of Homeland Security, with respect to the U.S. Coast Guard, may exercise their authority to implement any appropriate policies concerning military service by transgender individuals".

A similar ban, which reversed a policy shift started under his predecessor, President Barack Obama, has previously been blocked by federal judges in four separate cases, and is now being challenged in court.

That was exactly where Donald Trump was headed one day after announcing the new ban on transgender military members.

Trump issued orders to ban transgender troops who require significant medical treatment to be exempt from the USA military with the exception of select cases.

The decision revokes a full ban that Trump issued last summer but disqualifies USA troops who have had gender reassignment surgery, as recommended by Defense Secretary Jim Mattis. According to the ban, these individuals will be allowed to continue to serve in the military.

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There are some exceptions to the restrictions: people who have a history of gender dysphoria may join the military if they "can demonstrate 36 consecutive months of stability - i.e. absence of gender dysphoria - immediately preceding their application", the report said. The study concluded that allowing transgender troops to serve would have "minimal impact on readiness and health care costs". That would represent roughly 0.005 percent to 0.017 percent of overall health care costs for the USA military, the study added.

Transgender persons who require or have undergone gender transition are disqualified from military service.

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.

A Defense Department spokesman said the Pentagon would "continue to assess and retain transgender service members".

White House press secretary Sarah Sanders said in a statement that Trump had rescinded his previous policy to allow this new policy to take its place.

Trump's efforts have faced a number of serious setbacks, including multiple lawsuits arguing that banning a group of people from the military on the basis of their gender identity is unconstitutional.

But rather than addressing that narrow issue, Trump opted to upend the entire policy on transgender service members.

"What the White House has released tonight is transphobia masquerading as policy". "Transgender people are enlisting and serving with distinction right now, and there is no legitimate reason to change that".

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