Trump tweets to reinstate military ban on trans people
President Donald Trump causes outrage within the LGBT community after a series of tweets in which he announces his plan to reinstate a ban on transgender individuals from serving in the US Military.
Trump tweeted on Wednesday morning,”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 said in a series of tweets Wednesday morning. “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.”
A policy that was initially approved by the Defense Department under President Barack Obama allowing Transgender individuals to serve in the military is now being reversed in Trump’s decision. Defense Secretary James Mattis announced last month that he was delaying enactment of the plan to begin allowing transgender individuals to join the US military, as the policy was still under final review.
In 2016, the ban on trans people openly serving in the military was ended by Ash Carter, the Defense secretary under Obama, but a year-long review process was granted to the Pentagon to establish how it would acquire new transgender recruits into the military.
Immediately following the one-year deadline, Mattis declared his delay on the execution of the new policy, implying that he needed more time.
In a memo last month, he pinned the question “how will the decision affect the ability of America’s military to defend the nation?” To justify, he followed by stating, “It is against this standard that I provide the following guidance on the way forward in accessing transgender individuals into the military Services.”
After a Rand Corp. study was constructed by the Defense Department in 2016, it was concluded that allowing transgender individuals to serve openly would have “minimal impact” on readiness and health care cost because of the relatively small number of trans in the force.
Within the 1.3 million-memeber force, the number of transgender people was estimated to be between 1,320 and 6,630. Between the low number of trans in the military and the rarity of Gender-change surgery in the general population, it was determined that the cost could range from $2.4 million and $8.4 million, an exceptionally small amount of total health care expenditures.
Since the announcement, Trump has been immensely criticized by the leaders of LGBT and civil rights groups. His decision is perceived to be a hitch in the progress the LGBT community has witnessed during the series of milestones in recent years.
Rep. Dan Kildee, D-Michigan, the vice chair of the congressional LGBT caucus, called Trump’s decision a “slap in the face to the thousands of transgender Americans already serving in the military” and said it “undermines our military’s readiness.”
“Let us be clear. This has been studied extensively, and the consensus is clear: There are no cost or military readiness drawbacks associated with allowing trans people to fight for their country. The President is trying to score cheap political points on the backs of military personnel who have put their lives on the line for their country,” said Joshua Block, the senior staff attorney with the ACLU’s LGBT & HIV Project.
It can be mentioned that his decision is a direct contradiction to the rhetoric used in his 2016 campaign, when he promised strong defense for all LGBT Americans.
“I will tell you who the better friend is and some day I believe that will be proven out big league,” Trump said.
As of now, LGBT Americans aren’t finding his decisions very friendly.
Kildee said,”Anyone who is willing to put on the uniform of the United States and risk their life in service to our country should be celebrated as patriots, regardless of their gender identity. This short-sighted and discriminatory policy will make America less safe…”