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Trump To Transgender: You’re Not Welcome In The Military

Trump hits a new low

Trump Reinstates Transgender Military Ban

On Wednesday, July 26, President Donald Trump announced a major policy change – a transgender ban in the military.

The transgender military ban was lifted during former President Barack Obama’s second term.  With the former Secretary of Defense Ash Carter, the effort was to repeal discrimination in the military.  

The implementation was to take place within one year, or July 1, 2017.  The Pentagon received a six month reprieve for implementation.  Within weeks of the reprieve, Trump rescinded the lift via twitter.

According to Brad Carson, a former Congressman who was instrumental in this transgender policy, none of the Joint Chiefs of Staff consulted were for the full ban.

“I said, ‘Here’s the threshold question: Do you want to separate transgender service members? Do you want to do that?’ And every single one of them said no,” Carson said to The Washington Post. “Now, maybe we can disagree about the fine points of accession policy or what kind of health care is provided, but that question of whether we should be separating able, competently serving service members, every single one of them said no.”

Trump’s rollback of Obama-era protections for transgender individuals doesn’t begin with the military.  Earlier in 2017, he rescinded the protections for transgender students in public schools with bathrooms.  The Title IX rule allowed transgender students to choose bathrooms that match their gender identity.

Citing “tremendous medical costs”, Trump ignores the RAND study, which showed minimal impact to medical costs.

Regarding the military ban, Carter :

“Quality people in uniform are what make our military the finest fighting force the world has ever seen. I continue to maintain that what matters in choosing those who serve is that they are best qualified. To choose service members on other grounds than military qualifications is social policy and has no place in our military.”

The Pentagon referred all requests for comment to the White House.

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