Trump memo bans most transgender troops

President Trump Makes Decision About Transgender Troops

The Trump order disqualifies transgender individuals with a history of gender dysphoria, defined as "those who may require substantial medical treatment, including through medical drugs or surgery".

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

In a revised directive, US President Donald Trump has said transgender troops are a considerable risk to military effectiveness.

The decision revokes a full ban that Trump issued last summer but disqualifies US troops who have had gender reassignment surgery, as recommended by Defense Secretary Jim Mattis.

"(The Pentagon) will continue to assess and retain transgender service members", Pentagon spokesman Major David Eastburn said.

It remains to be seen whether the ban will be fully implemented.

According to poll from the Public Religion Research Institute, a nonpartisan research organization, Americans strongly support allowing transgender people to serve in the us military.

In a report to the president last month, the Department of Defense claimed that allowing people with a history of "gender dysphoria" to serve in the military could "undermine readiness" and "impose an unreasonable burden on the military" itself.

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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.

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

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". The Pentagon responded by allowing those serving to stay in the military, and began allowing transgender individuals to enlist beginning January 1.

A statement issued from the White House late Friday said the President has rescinded his previous policy on transgender service in the military and will allow Mattis to implement a new policy, but did no elaborate on the possible exceptions. The new policy must first be published in the Federal Register, which generally requires new rules to be reviewed and subject to a public comment period before they are enacted.

Anywhere between 4,000 and 10,000 transgender people are now serving as active-duty and reserve service members. Now, Trump has announced a revised policy that comes from the Pentagon: Transgender troops will be allowed to serve in the military, but they'll be required to serve according to the sex they were assigned at birth, not the gender they identify with.

Attorney General Jeff Sessions' Justice Department released a statement on Friday's announcement, saying the Defense Department has a "lawful authority" to establish personnel policies.

"What the White House has released tonight is transphobia masquerading as policy".

Bu the policy changes have divided active-duty troops.

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