Transgenders barred from military service, courtesy White House

Munroe Bergdorf

Munroe Bergdorf

Donald Trump maintains his intention to prohibit most transgenders from serving in the Army.

It is hard to know how this rejection of transgenders will play out, not only because of how the Pentagon develops it, but because the issue is being settled in the courts.

The US President seemed to have followed recommendations made by Defense Secretary James Mattis.

Protests erupted and transgender troops took the policy to federal courts which halted its implementation.

"There is no evidence to support a policy that bars from military service patriotic Americans who are medically fit and able to deploy". That's all. This president will forever be remembered for his bigoted and spineless attacks on trans troops bravely serving our nation. In each case, a judge has blocked implementation of the ban.

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The new guidelines are only somewhat less broad than Trump's first order, vaguely targeting most transgender people who require medical services related to gender reassignment surgery or hormone therapy.

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. Judge Colleen Kollar-Kotelly had ruled that the military's current policy should remain in place.

In a memo to the president, dated February 22, Mattis cited "substantial risks" about military personnel who seek to change or who question their gender identity.

The experts' study sets forth a policy to enhance our military's readiness, lethality, and effectiveness.

It further claimed that there were "significant shortcomings" to the Obama administration's decision to allow transgender people to serve, which was largely based on a widely panned study by the RAND think tank.

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The study estimated that health care costs would rise $2.4 million to $8.4 million a year, representing an infinitesimal 0.04 to 0.13 percent increase in spending. "Those who undergo "gender reassignment surgery" are 19 times more likely to commit suicide". Almost two-thirds (64%) of the public favor allowing transgender people to serve, while 30% oppose.

"In service to the ideological goals of the Trump-Pence base, the Pentagon has distorted the science on transgender health to prop up irrational and legally untenable discrimination that will erode military readiness". "The court is not persuaded that defendants will be irreparably injured by allowing the accession of transgender individuals into the military beginning on January 1, 2018", she wrote.

A statement issued from the White House late Friday said the President has rescinded his previous policy on transgender service in the military and will allow Mattis to implement a new policy, but did no elaborate on the possible exceptions.

She said it was meant to "humiliate" transgender service members. He has just issued a memorandum that would seek to ban potential enlistees from joining the military if they have "a history or diagnosis of gender dysphoria". There are over 1,300,000 active duty personnel of the USA military, according to July 2017 data from the Department of Defense. The White House said Mattis and Homeland Security Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen agreed with the policy.

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