Trump directs Mattis to implement transgender ban in military

White House Readies Military Transgender Ban, Removal of Troops

He stated Departments of Defense and Homeland Security have been directed "to determine how to address transgender individuals now serving based on military effectiveness and lethality, unitary cohesion, budgetary constraints, applicable law, and all factors that may be relevant".

"The Secretary of Defense, after consulting with the Secretary of Homeland Security, may advise me at any time, in writing, that a change to this policy is warranted", the memo states. It gives those departments until January 1 to implement the new policy. Typically, trans soldiers who are now in the military began their transition after enlisting, not before.

Hartzler had for weeks pressured Trump, a fellow Republican, to reverse an Obama administration policy that enabled transgender troops to serve openly and undergo sex reassignment surgery while under military health care.

The Pentagon was caught flat-footed by the tweets.

Well, it seems that now, further direction has been received, as Trump officially signed an order on Friday evening that bans transgender military recruitment.

Mattis said late in June that the Pentagon needs more time to assess whether the new policy would affect the ability of the USA military to defend the country.

House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi condemned the decision Friday.

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What are the potential readiness implications of allowing transgender service members to serve openly?

Finally, the memorandum continues indefinitely the already-delayed plan on establishing standards for allowing transgender people to join the military.

"In fact, every year, the Pentagon spends five times more on Viagra than they would for transition-related care", she said.

The quantifiable impact of transgender military personnel is still somewhat unclear due to a lack of data, so it will be crucial that more studies and fact-finding are conducted in order for the Trump administration to support its decision, which is likely to be challenged up to and after its implementation by Democrats and other opponents. This memo leaves the door open for him to push back against Trump's discriminatory policy.

Laverne Cox, a well-known transgender actress, believes this memo to be yet another attack on trans people who want to contribute to society. Trump's memo is an encouragement of discrimination. Those factors are to include broad measures such as "military effectiveness", budgetary constraints and "unit cohesion", as well as other factors Mattis deems "relevant". John McCain of Arizona, Richard C. Shelby of Alabama and Orrin G. Hatch of Utah - expressed outright opposition, suggesting the policy might get slow-rolled in hearings and studies.

The guidance from the White House contradicts Trump's words, Army Capt. Jennifer Sims said, pointing out that he just praised the military for its tolerance when he told veterans in Nevada on Wednesday that those in uniform come from all walks of life and are united by shared values and a shared sense of duty.

The Defense Department acknowledged receipt of the guidance.

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