Transgender troops in military can continue to serve for now, Mattis says

Trevor Jackson
August 31, 2017

The memorandum, which reversed the Obama administration's move in 2016 allowing transgender individuals to serve openly, also instructed Defense Secretary James Mattis to determine what to do with now serving transgender service members based on "military effectiveness and lethality, budgetary constraints, and applicable law". Trump directed the Pentagon and Department of Homeland Security to slowly reinstate the historic policies which "generally prohibited openly transgender individuals from accession into the United States military and authorized the discharge of such individuals".

Mattis said in a statement Tuesday the panel will be made up of people from the departments of Defense and Homeland Security.

As part of the implementation plan, the Secretary of Defense, in consultation with the Secretary of Homeland Security, shall determine how to address transgender individuals now serving in the United States military.

According to USA Today, Mattis is allowing now serving transgender troops to stay in the military until he receives the results of a study.

- Despite Trump's twitter claim that he had consulted with general and military experts on the ban, that turned out not to be the case.

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The study would determine the effect of recruiting new transgender individuals and whether it would have a negative impact on the Pentagon's ability to fight and win wars.

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There are at least three lawsuits challenging the constitutionality of the president's ban. President Barack Obama's administration allowed them to openly serve and receive medical care, but Trump tweeted that they were disruptive.

But, as part of that implementation plan, officials need to determine how to address transgender troops now serving in the military.

Mattis' statement puts President Trump's plan to ban all individuals who are transgender from the military on hold.

What started as a tweet from Trump while Defense Secretary James Mattis was on vacation is now official policy. The ban is scheduled to go into effect on March 23, 2018.

"The military spent two years carefully reviewing all of the relevant evidence on this issue and concluded that there is no reason to exclude transgender people for military service". The notion that there is any good faith "study" being conducted is a blatant pretext for unmitigated, vicious, baseless discrimination.

On Friday night, Trump issued guidelines on the ban of transgender troops. But Mattis' statement was exactly in line with each step of Trump's directive, which granted the defense secretary time to "determine how to address transgender individuals now serving" in the military.

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