Most transgenders barred from serving in U.S. military; as per Trump's order

President Trump Makes Decision About Transgender Troops

The Pentagon will also be empowered to make exceptions to the restrictions.

"By its very nature, military service requires sacrifice", Mattis wrote in a memo to the president that was released Friday. "Our military must be focused on decisive and overwhelming victory", Trump wrote at the time, "and can not be burdened with the tremendous medical costs and disruption that transgender in the military would entail". "This is a categorical ban", said Matthew Thorn, president of the LGBT military association OutServe.

In his presidential memorandum, Trump said transgender persons with a history or diagnosis of gender dysphoria - those who may require substantial medical treatment - are disqualified from military service except under certain limited circumstances.

This new policy by the US Prez was in reversal to the former Prez Barack Obama's policy.

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Mattis outlined the new policy in a filing Friday in U.S. District Court in Maryland in a motion to dissolve a preliminary injunction blocking Trump's initial order banning transgender service.

It's unclear how many transgender individuals now serve in the United States military.

Anywhere between 4,000 and 10,000 transgender people are now serving as active-duty and reserve service members. The policy also discriminates against all Trans personnel who have undergone top or bottom surgery or taken hormones. While there are certainly medical costs associated with gender transition, as The Advocate pointed out, the RAND National Defense Research Institute "estimated costs of transition-related health care at between $24 million and $84 million over the next 10 years, when the military budget is $600 billion a year, making those health care costs a drop in the bucket". "Transgender people in our military deserve more from their government than a myth-driven proclamation about their unfitness for full civic inclusion". "The court is not persuaded that defendants will be irreparably injured by allowing the accession of transgender individuals into the military beginning on January 1, 2018", she wrote.

The Pentagon "will still comply with federal court rulings and continue to assess and retain transgender service members", US Army Maj.

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In a statement, Lambda Legal Senior Attorney Peter Renn said administration's new plan "solves nothing".

Trump announced the ban in July to resolve a quietly brewing fight on Capitol Hill over whether taxpayer money should pay for gender transition and hormone therapy for transgender service members. They have before. But should that fail (let's not forget, Neil Gorsuch is on the Supreme Court), Senator Kirsten Gillibrand introduced S.1820, a bill "to provide for the retention and service of transgender members of the Armed Forces", back in September of 2017. His decision was announced with such haste that the White House could not answer basic questions about how it would be carried out, including what would happen to transgender people on active duty. "Transgender people are enlisting and serving with distinction right now, and there is no legitimate reason to change that".

The American Civil Liberties Union rights group condemned the new policy, calling it "transphobia masquerading as policy".

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.

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