Transgender vet dismayed by President Trump's military ban

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The guidance is expected to come out in the coming days and the Pentagon will have six months to enact the ban, according to a Wall Street Journal report published Wednesday night.

Among the memo's directions: The military is to stop admitting transgender people; and for current transgender troops, the Pentagon should consider a service member's ability to deploy when determining whether to expel them, the newspaper reported, citing the officials. A White House memo was sent to the Pentagon on Wednesday directing Defense Secretary Jim Mattis to deny admittance to transgender individuals, and to stop paying for medical treatment regimens for now enlisted transgender people.

President Trump's decision to ban transgender people from the military is reportedly moving closer to becoming policy.

The number of transgender troops among America's 1.3 million active duty service members is small, with estimates ranging from between 1,320 and 15,000.

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The memo also tells the Pentagon not to let any more transgenders join the military, and to stop spending money on medical treatments for transgenders already in the service. To enforce it, the Pentagon awaits legal guidance on action that could result in removing transgender military members. He even managed to blindside military leaders with this announcement, and all branches refused to put the policy into place unless (or until) the White House issued actual guidelines.

Trump falsely claimed in his Tweets last July that our transgender community should be banned from the military because of the financial cost & disruption associated with transgender service members. "His foolhardy assertion that transgender service members are not able to deploy is simply not rooted in fact". The new directive fully reverses a policy set by former President Barack Obama to allow openly gay and transgender people to enlist in the military beginning July 1, 2017.

"Transgender troops have been serving openly in the us military for more than a year, and have been widely praised by commanders", Belkin said. The resolution points out that the Rand Corporation's study of the costs of trans troops' medical care are approximately $8 million a year, while the military already spends $84 million a year on "Viagra and other erectile dysfunction drugs".