Trump Signs Directive to Reinstate Ban on Transgenders in U.S. Military

WASHINGTON — President Trump signed a directive on Friday instructing Defense Secretary James Mattis to revert to the nation’s longstanding ban on open “transgenders” in the U.S. military.

“In my judgment, the previous administration failed to identify a sufficient basis to conclude that terminating the departments’ longstanding policy and practice would not hinder military effectiveness and lethality, disrupt unit cohesion, or tax military resources, and there remain meaningful concerns that further study is needed to ensure that continued implementation of last year’s policy change would not have those negative effects,” he wrote in a memo posted to the White House website.

He therefore directed the Secretary of Defense and the Secretary of Homeland Security to “return to the longstanding policy and practice on military service by transgender individuals that was in place prior to June 2016 until such time as a sufficient basis exists upon which to conclude that terminating that policy and practice would not have the negative effects discussed above.”

As previously reported, Trump first announced his decision to reinstate the transgender service ban on Twitter last month, advising that the Obama-era policy change is a distraction and would place a burden on the finances of the Armed Forces. The new policy included federal payment of the gender transition treatments and procedures of transgender service members.

“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 tweeted. “Our military must be focused on decisive and overwhelming victory and cannot be burdened with the tremendous medical costs and disruption that transgenders in the military would entail. Thank you.”

Defense Secretary James Mattis had just issued a statement on June 30, outlining that the previous administration’s policy implementation deadline of July 1 would be pushed back six months to give additional time to determine whether or not allowing open transgenders to serve would negatively affect military readiness.

Reaction to the matter has been mixed, with Christian and conservative groups cheering the move and transgender advocates decrying the policy reinstatement as a let-down.

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“The president’s order to remove transgender service members from the United States armed forces and deny them healthcare is nothing less than a purge,” OutServe-SLDN Executive Director Matt Thorn remarked in a statement.

“He is implementing this purge based on bigotry, motivated by agents of an ideology that has no concern for the national defense, and in blatant disregard of the experience of career officers who spent more than a year developing and implementing the current policy,” he asserted.

“Every cent spent on this politically-correct exercise is money that could prepare our troops for war. Every second wasted in ‘transgender sensitivity training’ is time that could be spent on the rifle range,” Lt. Gen. (Ret.) Jerry Boykin, the vice president of Family Research Council, also said.

“Every American should thank President Trump for boldly prioritizing our military’s war-fighting capabilities by lifting this unnecessary burden from those preparing and fighting to achieve victory,” he opined.

In his memo, Trump directed that no action be taken against those already serving in the military who have been diagnosed with gender dysphoria, and those who have already been undergoing a gender transition must be allowed to continue. Mattis must submit a plan by Feb. 21 that includes information on how the Armed Forces will address those existing service members.

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  • Amos Moses – He>i

    White House military ban to be based on fitness for duty

    WND ………..

  • Charles Hadden

    Speaking as a veteran, this is good so it must have not been DT’s idea.

  • Robinske2

    Thank God we have President Trump rather than that other person.

  • GreyHairandGreyMatter

    Johns Hopkins and Fairfield Universities

    Part 5 of 5 parts

    P.S. Bottom line: To reiterate while I invariably have a laissez-faire attitude towards almost everyone when it comes to interpersonal relations, based upon personal anecdotal experience I respectfully believe that gays, lesbians and yes even transgender personnel shouldn’t serve in the U.S. military. Why? Yes, it’s probably unfair and according to many overly draconian, but it’s one thing for the foregoing to serve openly within a garrison duty, but in combat when everyone’s life or death literally is on the line, I respectfully believe that it’s just too much on the plates of the commanders to have to deal not only with the avowed enemy, but also to have to deal with the invariably internecine squabbles/fraught/fomented by aberrant sexual proclivities and drama on the part of the men and women under his/her command. I must quickly add that the issues of gays and lesbians serving within the U.S. military have already been adjudicated/decided by the courts and it’s literally a moot point. Nonetheless, the foregoing is my posture/my story, and at least for the time being unless I’m proven wrong I’m sticking to it! What’s your opinion?

    Fred Harden III AKA “GreyHairandGreyMatter”

  • GreyHairandGreyMatter

    Johns Hopkins and Fairfield Universities

    Part 4 of 5 parts

    Finally, while I invariably have a laissez-faire attitude/posture towards others especially when it comes to interpersonal relations, I respectfully believe that U.S. military Commanding Officers in today’s military have just too much on their plates to focus effectively on the mission plus also deal with the obvious travail(s)/the untold drama of dealing also with transgender personnel on a daily basis in U.S. military matters too.

    Fred Harden III AKA “GreyHairandGreyMatter”

  • GreyHairandGreyMatter

    Johns Hopkins and Fairfield Universities

    Part 3 of 5 parts

    Parenthetically/anecdotally because according to others I was a relatively handsome, virile and heterosexual single male at the time and openly acknowledged to be in terrific physical shape I was often enticed/inveigled to participate in various sexual acts with many of my subordinate WACs that would have been, if actually consummated, illicit and unbecoming an officer and a gentleman. Truthfully, though constantly tempted, I fortunately didn’t succumb to their very enticing wiles primarily because I had too much respect for everyone under my command, plus probably parenthetically because I also had too much respect for myself as an officer and a gentleman too.

    Fast forward to today and it’s unfortunate that so many officers and senior NCO’s succumb to illicit sexual temptation. Realistically and conversely, however, when you have handsome virile men and attractive amenable women working together in such close proximity many times there is almost always unavoidable sexual combustion. It’s even more complicated from a supervisory standpoint today because both gays and lesbians now serve openly in the U.S. military services. But it’s up to the superior(s) in my estimation to make certain that he or she [Yes, both guys and gals as it works both ways] doesn’t take undue advantage of any subordinate especially in a work-related or professor-student context.

    Fred Harden III AKA “GreyHairandGreyMatter

  • GreyHairandGreyMatter

    Johns Hopkins and Fairfield Universities

    Part 2 of 5 parts

    In addition to focusing intently on the mission much of my waking hours [Far more than was ideally necessary] were spent trying to deal efficiently, effectively and fairly with the omnipresent “heing and sheing,” the “sheing and sheing” and the “heing and heing” that took place almost on a daily basis! Plus, I also dealt with soldiers of both sexes who unfortunately also had alcohol and drug related problems/issues such as with marijuana and cocaine [Fortunately, I didn’t encounter issues with heroin at the time.] Plus, of course, some soldiers also had problems/issues with finances, marital problems and PTSD etc. Again, this occurred over a half-century ago even before “Don’t ask don’t tell.” Indeed, there was little, if any, tolerance whatsoever for gays or lesbians at the time within the U.S. military. I memorably recall being instrumental in justifiably getting an attractive PFC WAC who was my secretary/clerk, e.g., discharged from the U.S. Army because she was unfortunately being unmercifully preyed upon by some of the [Lesbian] WAC sergeants. Really!

    Fred Harden III AKA “GreyHairandGreyMatter”

  • GreyHairandGreyMatter

    Johns Hopkins and Fairfield Universities

    Part 1 of 5 parts

    Almost everyone has probably heard the doggerel of Hogamous, Higamous, man is Polygamous, Higamous, Hogamous, woman is Monogamous and I could probably cavalierly opine/spew such poetic satirical misogynistic claptrap, but that would avoid constructively addressing the issue(s) and the solution(s)…not necessarily a panacea but possible solutions.

    After returning from a lengthy assignment in the Far East [Being assigned for 13 months to the closest U.S. artillery and cavalry battalions to North Korea…facetiously, the longest decade of my life] and a brief stint in Europe my next [last active-duty] U.S. military assignment was as assistant Headquarters Commandant of approximately 600 men and 200 women at Ft. MacArthur, San Pedro, CA, to conclude my active duty military obligation during the burgeoning Vietnam War at the age of 24 during the mid-60s. In retrospect, it wasn’t that I was such a terrific U.S. Army artillery and intelligence/Commanding officer, although fortunately most of my superiors, peers and subordinates thought I was, but realistically this plum assignment in my estimation was probably due to the fact that there was a shortage of U.S. Army officers in CONUS at that pivotal time in our military history/Vietnam involvement.

    Fred Harden III AKA “GreyHairandGreyMatter”

  • Peter Leh

    men, yes. women yes. gays yes trans.. no

    Can I get an intelligent explanation?