PALM BEACH, Fla. President Donald Trump released an order Friday a ban on the most transgender troops from serving in the army, except under “certain circumstances” in imitation of its calls last year to prohibit transgender persons from serving.
The White House said that the maintenance of troops with a history or diagnosis of “gender dysphoria” — those that require significant medical treatment, a considerable risk to military effectiveness and lethality.”
Trump surprised the Pentagon’s leadership in 2017 tweet when he declared that he would reverse Obama-era plan to allow transgender people to serve openly. His push for the ban was blocked by various legal challenges, and three federal courts have ruled against the ban. The Pentagon responded to this need to stay in the military, and began allowing transgender people to call early Jan. 1.
“This new policy will be the military application of established physical and mental health of the standards — including those relating to the use of medical resources — equally for all people who want to join and fight for the best military force the world has ever seen,” White House Press Secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders said Friday.
The new policy was promptly attacked by congressional Democrats and civil rights groups. House Democratic leader Nancy Pelosi tweeted, “No one with the strength and courage to serve in the AMERICAN army should be dismissed because of who they are. This spiteful ban has been specially built to humiliate our brave transgender members of the military who serve with honor and dignity.”
The Human Rights Campaign, the nation’s largest lgbt civil rights organization, the accused and the Trumpet administration of pushing “anti-transgender prejudice in the military.”
“There is simply no way to run, Trump-Pence Administration is going all in on its discriminatory, unconstitutional and despicable ban on transgender troops,” said HRC President Chad Griffin.
Joshua Block, a senior staff attorney with the American Civil Liberties Union LGBT & HIV Project, said that the policy “effectively forces transgender people who wish to serve in the choose between their humanity and their country, and make clear that transgender service members are not welcome.”
Trump received the recommendations of the Minister of Defense of Jim Mattis in February for dealing with transgender individuals serving in the military. The White House said Mattis and Homeland Security Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen agrees with the policy.
Earlier Friday, Maj. David Eastburn, a Pentagon spokesman, said that the announcement of a new policy would have no immediate practical effect on the military, because the Pentagon is obliged to continue to attract and retain transgender persons in accordance with the current law.
The issue has become embroiled in a complicated series of political pronouncements, judicial decisions and policy reviews since He first stunned the administration with his tweets in July last year. It is unclear how much influence the decisions of the courts will be on the Trump’s decision. The action groups were afraid that the administration would issue such a strict enlistment and health restrictions, that it is almost impossible for transgender troops to act or to continue.
Under the guidelines, in December, the Pentagon could lead to disqualification of potential recruits with gender dysphoria, people with a history of medical treatments associated with gender transition and those who underwent reconstruction. These recruits could be allowed if there is a medical provider certified they are clinically stable in the recommended sex for 18 months and are free of any significant problems or impairment in social, occupational, or other important areas.
Transgender individuals receiving hormone therapy should be stable on their medication for 18 months.
The requirements make it challenging for a transgender recruit. But they mirror terms by President Barack Obama in 2016, when the Pentagon, in the first instance lifted the ban on transgender troops openly in the military.
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