President Trump To Bar Transgender Persons From Any Capacity Of Military Service
President Donald Trump said he would not allow transgender’s to serve in the U.S. military in any capacity
“After consultation with my Generals and military experts, please be advised that the United States Government will not accept or allow transgender individuals to serve in any capacity in the U.S. Military,” Trump wrote in a series of Twitter posts.
“Our military must be focused on decisive and overwhelming victory and cannot be burdened with the tremendous medical costs and disruption that transgender in the military would entail,” the Republican president wrote.
The Pentagon ended its ban on openly transgender people serving in the U.S. military last year under Democratic President Barack Obama’s administration. It was expected to start allowing transgender people to begin enlisting this year, provided they had been “stable” in their preferred gender for 18 months.
Last month, Defense Secretary Jim Mattis approved a six-month delay in allowing transgender recruits to join the U.S. armed forces.
The delay alarmed transgender advocates. As soon as Trump made his announcement, the American Civil Liberties Union called for transgender service members to contact its lawyers for help.
The Pentagon and the White House did not immediately respond to requests for comment and elaboration on Trump’s tweets.
Last year, then-Defense Secretary Ash Carter cited a study by the RAND Corporation think tank saying there were about 2,500 transgender active-duty service members and 1,500 reserve transgender service members.
Some AOL comments:
“This liberal moral decay madness has to stop. Soldiers need to concentrate in battle readiness, not queen bee transgenders.”
“I’m a jarhead and I served with some bad ass chics but a dude changing to a chic no f*ng way”
“Just cutting off your balls, and shaft doesn’t make you a woman. You’re still a man. It’s in your DNA. Period. They have a mental disorder, and that isn’t a good thing to have on a battlefield.”
“What would happen if he or she wanted to switch back to their real gender?? Too much drama in our military and we don’t need that right now with all the turmoil in Korea and Iran”
“I think we can all see how this could turn into a medical nightmare in costs. “Hey, join the Army and get a free transgender operation, which will probably take up most of your enrollment time! Great deal! Enlist, get the operation, get discharged.” I have nothing against transgender people, but I have to pay for my own elective surgery, and so should they.”
“Stop with the dramatics!! Trump made the right decision.”