by Countable | 3.26.18
President Donald Trump has released an order that would formally ban most transgendered people from serving in the military.
The White House said troops with a history or diagnosis of “gender dysphoria” – those who may require medical treatment to transition to another gender – “are disqualified from military service except under certain limited circumstances.”
The president’s July 2017 decision to ban transgender military service has been blocked by several legal challenges.
The memorandum adopts policy recommendations from Defense Secretary Jim Mattis that “transgender persons who require or have undergone gender transition" cannot serve.
White House press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders issued a statement saying:
“This new policy will enable the military to apply well-established mental and physical health standards - including those regarding the use of medical drugs - equally to all individuals who want to join and fight for the best military force the world has ever seen.”
OutServe-SLDN, American Military Partner Association @LGBTMilPartners, and SPART*A @sparta_pride blast the administration’s continued discrimination against trans servicemembers https://t.co/m5EOLIfJ3s pic.twitter.com/0cD4GT29UF— OutServe-SLDN (@OutServeSLDN) March 24, 2018
“There's no justification for this ban. And there's no justification for leaving our country without service members who are fully capable of performing their duties to the standards set forth by their commanders.”
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