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Trump to Implement Transgender Military Ban

by Countable | 8.24.17

What’s the story?

On July 26 President Trump enflamed critics and flummoxed military leaders when he tweeted out a call to ban transgender individuals from serving in any capacity in the military. Lawmakers had mixed reactions and military leaders said they couldn’t make any official changes until they received an official directive from the White House. They’ll be getting it soon, according to reports.

Why does it matter?

The Wall Street Journal reports that the 2 ½ page memo is expected to give Defense Secretary Jim Mattis 6 months to institute a ban. The ban would include kicking active duty service members out of the military if they are deemed not "deployable," denying admittance to openly transgender recruits, and prohibiting the military from paying for any medical treatments that transgender individuals might require for their gender dysphoria.

According to a RAND Corporation study commissioned by the Pentagon in 2016, there are upwards of 6,600 active duty service members who could be affected by the ban. There is no way to quantify how many otherwise eligible recruits will no longer be able to serve as a result of the ban.

The Washington Post reports that various LGBT advocacy groups are preparing to fight the ban in court.

What do you think?

Do you support the president’s ban? Do you think the ban is wrong and should be challenged? Are you a transgender citizen who will be affected by the ban?

Tell us what you think in the comments and then use the Take Action button to tell your reps!

— Asha Sanaker

(Photo Credit: Air Combat Command / Creative Commons)

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  • BeStrong
    08/24/2017
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    Evangelical pandering much...Mr Trump, we have an all volunteer military. These folks signed up to serve our Country. I understand that you could not possibly relate to service vs running off to have a millionaire father get a deferment-wasn't it your foot? These folks have been serving honorably ... what have you ever done to serve that did not include your own fortune or ego. I'm sorry, but you sir have me on my last thread.

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  • Carol
    08/24/2017
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    There is no non-religious reason for a ban on transgendered people in the military. And this country is to be governed by the Constitution, not someone's holy book. Enough with hatred and bigotry. Let us respect and welcome all who volunteer for military duty.

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  • Patty
    08/24/2017
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    Being transgender does not affect ones ability to serve in the military. But Mr Trump would know nothing about service.

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  • Ann
    08/24/2017
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    His discrimination has got to end!

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  • Holly
    08/25/2017
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    There is no reason to have a transgender ban in our military. This is just pure hate and lack of knowledge. Shame on anyone who agrees with this.

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  • Pam
    08/24/2017
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    Trump makes this an issue so that he can pander to his ever shrinking base. The Transgender military ban is just another example of Trump discrimination and dividing our country. These are Americans who have chosen to serve their country and have done so honorably. There are currently active duty transgender service people and the heads of each service have come out condemning the president's tweets about removing them from the military. If there has been no problem in their service record, why should they be dismissed based on what appears to be a whim by our incompetent president?

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  • Claude
    08/25/2017
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    You must stop Trump's attack on individual rights. It could be your children's rights next. Individuals in military should be judged on performance not sexual orientation

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  • Deborah
    08/24/2017
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    Once again a waste of time.

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  • John
    08/25/2017
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    This is unreasonable. There have been little or no problems with transgender soldiers and sailors serving honorably. What next, gays or Catholics or Muslims. We are all Americans have the right to serve our country.

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  • Ftwchris
    08/24/2017
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    He's a complete clown. I seriously find it increasingly difficult for me to cordially disagree with Trump maniacs because it's indoctrination they have come to love. It's like seeing a North Korea like diety "dear leader" with these vermin. I am sick.

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  • Christine
    08/25/2017
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    The military transgender ban is nothing but pandering to hate as a distraction from djt under investigation. djt is very adept at this strategy. Throw red meat to evangelicals & alt right to distract. American's lives are being torn apart by his divisiveness. When will republican members of the house & the senate start to publicly voice 'no confidence' in djt who has a 35% approval rating? This remains absurd.

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  • Sync
    08/25/2017
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    The military's health insurance budget is a set amount of money that is paid to a third party insurance company. Banning trans people from serving will not save you, the tax payer, or the military, a dime. This is a purely discriminatory move based on no factual information. Want to save money? Tell Trump to stop going golfing every weekend. His little trips cost more than it would for all trans service members to get complete sex change surgeries, and many trans people don't even desire a full transition.

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  • Melinda
    08/24/2017
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    This baseless discrimination cannot stand.

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  • Brian
    08/24/2017
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    Those transgendered individuals in the military are serving this country with distinction that is more than trump has done

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  • Tyson
    08/25/2017
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    I strongly oppose this military ban.

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  • Jeffrey
    08/24/2017
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    Transgender issues are just another distraction in a combat environment. Social experiments have no place in the military. If they want to serve, then they need to decide what is more important. Service to their nation, or their own perceived gender identity.

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  • Karen
    08/25/2017
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    Trump wants a war, but he'll block willing people from serving? That makes no sense. We're living in the 21st century, folks, not the Dark Ages. Just let people be who they are.

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  • Ticktock
    08/24/2017
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    These people have volunteered to serve in our armed forces and do serve honorably. Allow them to serve unmolested and without prejudice.

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  • Azrael
    08/24/2017
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    Follow the money Some demented,small minded bigot with deep pockets paid for the removal of our patriots

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  • Gail
    08/24/2017
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    This is so sad, so mean and weakens the armed forces. It is particularly sad and mean that a coward who refused to serve is taking aim at those who do. The President is a loser.

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