"By its very nature, military service requires sacrifice", Mattis wrote in a memo to the president that was released Friday.
The new policy, according to Sanders, was "developed through extensive study by senior uniformed and civilian leaders, including combat veterans", under the direction of Defense Secretary James Mattis.
Earlier in 2017, Donald Trump said military should be focused and can not take the burden of medical costs that the transgender would entail in the system. That's all. This president will forever be remembered for his bigoted and spineless attacks on trans troops bravely serving our nation.
He said he made a decision to issue the ban after consulting generals and military experts, although Mattis was given only a day's notice. We, along with our sibling organizations, moved quickly to block implementation of the plan, and every single federal court to look at this policy - six to date - has found that it reeks of undisguised and unlawful discrimination against qualified transgender people willing and able to serve our country, and blocked its implementation.
Aaron Belkin, the director of the Palm Center, a California-based institute that researches the military service of sexual minorities, said there was "no evidence to support a policy that bars from military service patriotic Americans who are medically fit and able to deploy".
The new order follows a Pentagon policy review initiated by July tweets by Trump, in which he suggested that transgender individuals would not be allowed to serve in the USA military "in any capacity".
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Under guidelines presented in December, the Pentagon could disqualify potential recruits with gender dysphoria, those with a history of medical treatments associated with gender transition and those who underwent reconstruction. Accordingly, transgender troops now serving may continue to do so, however, the Pentagon has the option to "require them to serve according to the gender at birth. It's a gross mischaracterization of transgender people, and it's bad for our. military". Almost two-thirds (64%) of the public favor allowing transgender people to serve, while 30% oppose. "In short, this policy issue has proven more complex than the prior administration or RAND assumed".
The decision comes after a number of top military officials over the past year- including most members of the Joint Chiefs of Staff - have gone out of their way to defend the thousands of transgender troops who are believed to be serving in the military. "The court is not persuaded that defendants will be irreparably injured by allowing the accession of transgender individuals into the military beginning on January 1, 2018", she wrote.
"The Department of Defense will continue to comply with the federal court ruling and continue to assess and retain transgender service members", said Maj.
Eastburn could not say how many transgender service members are in the military, because the Pentagon classifies troops as men or women.
In removing the ban, then-Defense Secretary Ashton Carter stopped the military from involuntarily separating anyone in the service, and gave the service branches a year to iron out how they would begin processing transgender recruits.
"Currently serving transgender service members will continue to go to work every day as they have before contributing to the readiness and lethality of the force".