Donald Trump : Us president bans transgender military recruits

The White House will give the Pentagon six months to enact President Donald Trump's ban on transgender servicemen and women in the military, according to a Wall Street Journal report Wednesday night.

Secretary of Defense Ash Carter under President Barack Obama "issued a directive past year that permitted transgender troops to serve in the military, and to undergo reassignment surgery".

Perhaps most disgustingly, this memo prevents the military from funding gender-reassignment surgeries for enlisted members, ordering the military to "halt all use of DoD or DHS resources to fund sex-reassignment surgical procedures for military personnel".

In issuing his memo, Trump took aim at the Obama administration, which a year ago reversed the ban on transgender people openly serving in the USA military.

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The Obama administration had changed longstanding policy in June 2016, declaring that troops could serve openly as transgender individuals.

Last month, Trump tweeted that the government will not accept or allow transgender individuals to serve in any capacity in the USA military. As for the estimated 2,000 to 11,000 active duty and reserve service members who identify as transgender, however, the memo doesn't suggest how the ban will affect their military status.

It asks Mattis to submit a plan to Trump by February 21, 2018, on how to implement those changes.

Trump's announcement last month on Twitter that he planned to reverse the Obama policy was hailed by some conservatives who argue that the military has become a social experiment.

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Carter also had given the military services until July 1 of this year to present plans for allowing transgender individuals to join the military. Mattis delayed that to January 1, 2018, and Trump has now instructed Mattis to extend it indefinitely.

In response, the administration had drafted a memo formally directing Defense Secretary James Mattis to begin enforcing the transgender ban within six months. According to SPARTA, a national organization for transgender people who now or formerly served in the military.

Between 4,000 and 10,000 United States active-duty and reserve service members are believed to be transgender. In rescinding this change of policy, Trump said that he was unconvinced that sufficient proof had been presented about the effect of the change on military performance.

Ned Price, former senior director at the National Security Council said via email that he takes specific issue with Trump's assertion that "more study" is needed to determine whether all Americans should be able to put their lives on the line in defense of their country. In a statement the two groups called the president's memo a "senseless and unprecedented attack on dedicated service members who have played by the rules".

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The White House is expected to send guidance to the Pentagon in the coming days regarding transgender service members.

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