Trump White House Readies Military Transgender Ban
Expect the White House to send guidance to the Pentagon soonest on how to implement a ban on transgender people in the military,
Under the new policy, Defense Secretary James ‘Mad Dog’ Mattis (USMC) can consider a service member’s ability to deploy as the primary legal means for deciding whether to discharge them from the military.
The White House Memo directs the Pentagon to deny admittance to transgender individuals and to stop spending on medical treatment regimens for those currently serving.
Secretary Mattis will have 6 months to implement the new ban, and the Memo defines “deployability” as the ability to serve in a War Zone, participate in exercises or live for months on a ship, the officials said.
S President Donald Trump announced the transgender ban on 26 July, and Pentagon officials have been waiting for guidance on the matter.
President Trump reinstated a ban on open transgender service that had been lifted last year by former President Barack Hussein Obama.
Mr. Hussein Obama’s move also provided for medical care for what is known as gender dysphoria.
Estimates of how many transgender service members are openly serving is 6,500 or more, according to a Rand Corp. study commissioned last year by the Pentagon.
Gender dysphoria is recognized as a condition requiring medical treatment by many professional associations and, the American Psychiatric Association recognizes gender dysphoria as a medical issue.
When diagnosed by a medical professional, transition therapy and reassignment surgery is considered by some insurers and states as a medically necessary treatment
Total military healthcare expenditures were $6.27-B in Y 2014 according to the data.