On Friday night, hours after another tumultuous week wrapped up in Washington, the Trump administration issued a vaguely-worded memo that would bar transgender people from serving in the military, while giving the Pentagon some discretion over how the policy is carried out.
The Department of Defense states that people who are going through a transition process, and therefore need relevant medical treatment, including surgery, "are disqualified for military service except certain limited circumstances".
In the latest move against Transgender people, the White House has formally banned the transgender people from serving in the USA military.
Trump issued orders to ban transgender troops who require significant medical treatment to be exempt from the USA military with the exception of select cases.
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"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", added press secretary Sarah Sanders.
The policy will allow Transgendered individuals who now occupy a rank to remain in uniform, but they will have to submit to their sex assigned at birth.
The memo goes further to specifically dictate that individuals who have sought any medical treatment related to their gender identity are thus banned from enlisting.
This new policy by the US Prez was in reversal to the former Prez Barack Obama's policy.
In removing the ban, then-Defense Secretary Ashton Carter stopped the military from involuntarily separating anyone in the service, and gave the service branches a year to iron out how they would begin processing transgender recruits.
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The new policy was promptly assailed by congressional Democrats and civil rights groups.
Interestingly, the United States president's concern for "military effectiveness and lethality" has been discussed many times in the past after Trump was skewered by Senator Tammy Duckworth (D-Ill) as a "five time draft-dodger" who refused to serve his country, to stop lecturing about military needs.
Anywhere between 4,000 and 10,000 transgender people are now serving as active-duty and reserve service members.
Air Force Staff Sgt. Logan Ireland, who was featured in a 2015 documentary about transgender troops, posted a March 23 Facebook message saying that he will continue to serve as long as he can. Almost two-thirds (64%) of the public favor allowing transgender people to serve, while 30% oppose.
The memorandum said 8980 service members reportedly identify as transgender, with 937 active duty service members diagnosed with "gender dysphoria" since June 30, 2016. The new policy must first be published in the Federal Register, which generally requires new rules to be reviewed and subject to a public comment period before they are enacted.
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"What the White House has released tonight is transphobia masquerading as policy", the ACLU's Joshua Block said in a statement accusing the administration of forcing transgender people to choose between their humanity and their country.