After Donald Trump's order late on Friday supporting a ban on transgender troops except under "limited circumstances", gender rights groups said they would "vigorously defend" existing legal injunctions on the implementation of the exclusionary measures. On the advice of these experts, the Secretary of Defense and the Secretary of Homeland Security have concluded that the accession or retention of individuals with a history or diagnosis of gender dysphoria-those who may require substantial medical treatment, including through medical drugs or surgery-presents considerable risk to military effectiveness and lethality.
The order has enraged the Lesbian Gay Bi-sexual and Transgender community.
Furthermore, the Department also finds that exempting such persons from well-established mental health, physical health, and sex-based standards, which apply to all Service members, including transgender Service members without gender dysphoria, could undermine readiness, disrupt unit cohesion, and impose an unreasonable burden on the military that is not conducive to military effectiveness and lethality. "It requires the discharge of trained, skilled troops who have served honorably for decades".
According to poll from the Public Religion Research Institute, a nonpartisan research organization, Americans strongly support allowing transgender people to serve in the USA military.
The decision to ban Americans who might willingly put their lives on the line to protect the country comes as the military struggles to meet its recruiting goals, forcing it to accept recruits with lower qualifications.
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By its very nature, military service requires sacrifice.
The government wanted to keep the veto in force while it appealed the ruling, but in December the judge ratified it and the Pentagon is, in fact, complying with the law of the judicial resolution.
Transgender servicemen and women now serving in the military may remain in the ranks, but the Pentagon may require them to serve according to their gender, the White House said on Saturday (AEDT).
Federal judges required the military to allow transgender recruits beginning January 1, and the Pentagon signaled in December that it would not stand in the way of the courts' rulings. He has just issued a memorandum that would seek to ban potential enlistees from joining the military if they have "a history or diagnosis of gender dysphoria".
Between 4,000 and 10,000 U.S. active-duty and reserve service members are believed to be transgender.
Attorney General Jeff Sessions' Justice Department released a statement on Friday's announcement, saying the Defense Department has a "lawful authority" to establish personnel policies. The policy also created a procedure by which such Service members could change their gender. "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.