So, this might be a mistake, but I am going to wade into the swamp of this transgender ban that President Donald Trump has re-instated on the military as of July 26, 2017. After all, I can’t let BK hog all of the spotlight on this one.
In explanation, the President announced via Twitter today that “the United States Government will not accept or allow Transgender individuals to serve in any capacity in the U.S. military.”
The President went on to tweet that the 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.” Let’s break it down, shall we.
According to the Department of Defense’s “Fact Sheet” on the implementation of the Obama administration’s 2016 policy to allow transgenders to serve in the military — applicable prior to President Trump’s announcement — the Defense Department’s finding that “open service by transgender Service members, while being subject to the same standards and procedures as other members with regard to their medical fitness for duty, physical fitness, uniform and grooming, deployability, and retention, is consistent with military readiness.”