President Trump’s Order to Ban Transgenders in Military is Official
Friday, US President Donald Trump ordered the military to reject openly transgender people as new recruits, but authorized Defense Secretary James Mattis to decide how to handle transgender personnel already serving in the armed forces.
President Trump also ordered the military to stop paying for gender reassignment surgical procedures by 23 March except to protect the health of someone who has already begun the process of reassigning sex, according to a senior White House official who briefed reporters on condition of anonymity.
The Defense Department (DOD) will have 6 month to consider how to handle openly transgender people currently serving in the military under a Memorandum signed Friday by President Trump.
The Memorandum directs the DOD to consider unit cohesion, applicable law and resources in making the determination.
On 26 July President Trump announced he would ban transgender people from serving “in any capacity” in the US military, shredding former President Barack Hussein Obama’s policy to let them serve openly in the ranks.
The formal notification came in a Presidential Memorandum Trump signed Friday.
Treatment of transgender people has become a flash-point in the US culture wars as social conservatives lead fights in some states to require that students and sometimes adults use school and public restrooms corresponding to their gender at birth.
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