Trump pulls back on transgender military ban

25 March, 2018, 01:21 | Author: Tina Rodriquez
  • Trump issues a formal ban on transgender people serving in the military

The new directive comes after an adopted recommendation from defence secretary Jim Mattis, who said '"transgender persons who require or have undergone gender transition" can not serve in the military.

Eastburn could not say how many transgender service members are in the military, because the Pentagon classifies troops as men or women. The decision amounts to a "grandfathering" of those affected by the new policy.

At least four lawsuits have been filed seeking to overturn the ban, and several courts issued preliminary injunctions while the cases proceed.

The implementation of a transgender ban in the military had been blocked by multiple federal judges. This ignited a debate and led to a legal battle in the state.

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

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's all. This president will forever be remembered for his bigoted and spineless attacks on trans troops bravely serving our nation.

A 2016 study conducted by the government-funded RAND Corporation for the Pentagon estimated that almost 4,000 transgender troops were serving on active duty and in the reserves.

"It referred to limited and 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", Mattis wrote.




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

The ban follows Trump's erratic announcement in July 2017, when through a series of Tweets he stated his intention to ban transgender individuals from serving in any capacity in the United States military. The president, without any plan in place, cited the "tremendous medical costs and disruption" that he believed transgender military service would cause, and said that he had consulted with "my Generals and military experts".

Donald Trump maintains his intention to prohibit most transgenders from serving in the Army. According to the ban, these individuals will be allowed to continue to serve in the military. "It's a gross mischaracterization of transgender people, and it's bad for our. military". Until then, the Pentagon considered gender dysphoria a disqualifying mental illness.

Trump announced the ban in July to resolve a quietly brewing fight on Capitol Hill over whether taxpayer money should pay for gender transition and hormone therapy for transgender service members.

Under the court rulings the Pentagon was required to begin accepting transgender recruits on January 1 - and has reportedly accepted at least one transgender recruit so far this year.

Trump's tweets came a few weeks later.

Civil rights advocates said while some transgender service members might be permitted to continue to serve under the announced policy, the exceptions seemed unclear and the policy was likely to foster a hostile climate for those who seek to continue to serve.

The new policy, according to Sanders, was "developed through extensive study by senior uniformed and civilian leaders, including combat veterans", under the direction of Defense Secretary James Mattis.

Recommended:



Popular

'Chicago Fire' Actress DuShon Monique Brown Has Died, Age 49
Brown also had a recurring role as nurse Kattie Welch in Prison Break and one-time guest spots on Empire and Shameless . Some of Brown's other notable TV credits included a few episodes of Boss on Starz to go along with Prison Break .

150 whales beached in Australia
WA's largest mass stranding involved 320 long-finned pilot whales at Dunsborough in 1996. The whales were first discovered by a local fisherman early on Friday morning.

France braces for massive strikes to protest President Macron's reforms
Mrs May briefed other European Union leaders on the probe into the Salisbury attack over a summit dinner on Thursday (March 22).

Delhi HC cancels disqualification of 20 AAP MLAs
He refused to say anything further, noting that the poll panel does not comment on a court order. Rawat to rejoin the Presidential reference proceedings after his recusal earlier past year .

Cindy Hyde-Smith Gets Appointment to Mississippi Senate Seat
White House officials have seen polling data that puts her in the back of the pack in Mississippi, Republican officials said. Bryant has hotly denied any such influence, but has said he expected President Donald Trump and others to aid his choice.

Naomi Osaka outclasses Serena Williams in Miami Open first round
Naomi Osaka said impressing her favourite player Serena Williams was her goal when they met in the first round of the Miami Open. Take for instance Sloane Stephens, who did not win a match for nearly six months after she won the 2017 U.S.

First Warning Forecast: Tracking Snow And Rain
Wet snow is falling in the Piedmont Triad and, as the morning progresses, we could be dealing with slushy bridges and overpasses. Temperatures really start to turn around on Friday thanks to high pressure moving east and winds flowing from the southwest.

Trump congratulates Putin on re-election, gets slammed
White House press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders confirmed Trump spoke with Putin yesterday morning. The UK government blamed the nerve agent attack on Russian Federation , which denies any involvement.

Will Daniel Bryan's Return Impact WrestleMania 34?
Since then Bryan has tried to get himself cleared, visiting numerous doctors whilst performing a non wrestling role for WWE . Bryan has been out of action for more than two years, dealing with the lingering effects of multiple concussions.

United Kingdom inflation dips to 2.7 per cent in February
Food and non-alcoholic beverages prices rose 3.9 percent annually and alcoholic beverages and tobacco prices climbed 6.1 percent. Petrol prices fell on the month and food prices rose more slowly than in February 2017, he said.