Defense Secretary stalls Donald Trump's trans military ban for the time being

Defense Secretary stalls Donald Trump's trans military ban for the time being

Secretary of Defense Jim Mattis released a statement saying that the Department of Defense (DOD) "will carry out the president's policy direction" to push transgender service members out of the military.

At least two lawsuits are targeting Trump's new ban, with human rights groups representing transgender service members and those who want to serve.

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. While now active trans military members can keep serving until then, Trump has directed the military not to accept any new transgender recruits.

"As directed, we will develop a study and implementation plan, which will contain the steps that will promote military readiness, lethality, and unit cohesion, with due regard for budgetary constraints and consistent with applicable law", Mattis said. Mattis has said that he's waiting for the result of a study on trans service members before he makes his final decision regarding whether they may be fit to serve or not. In June 2016, former Secretary of Defense Ash Carter of the Obama administration lifted the ban based on the findings of a RAND Corporation study, according to The New York Times.

The American Civil Liberties Union has already challenged President Donald Trump's ban, filing a suit Monday in federal court in Maryland on behalf of six active-duty members of the military, the Washington Post reported. Transgender individuals to serve in any capacity in the U.S. Military. Gen. Joseph Dunford, the Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, disclosed that a transgender ban would not go into effect until the White House provided official direction. 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.

". The military must be focused on decisive and overwhelming victory and can not be burdened with the tremendous medical costs and disruption that transgender in the military would entail", Trump tweeted in July. Similarly, Politico's Eliana Johnson called Mattis' statement "kind of a rebuke" of Trump's announcement during an appearance on MSNBC.

Tammy Duckworth, a military veteran who lost both her legs during combat, also criticized Trump's ban on transgender troops.

Trump's war on the transgender community continues. This is just what the August 25 ordered-along with a permanent ban on enlistment, effective now, and a new ban on open service, effective on March 23, 2018.



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