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Trump signs order to BAN TRANSGENDER TROOPS

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Donald Trump, President of USA, signed memo last Friday, August 25, ordering the Department of Defense to stop accepting Transgender people who want to be part of Military.

Last month, Trump twitted that he would reinstate a ban on Transgender people serving in the U.S Military, and officially requests the Pentagon begin implementing a ban. In line with this, Trump instructs James Mattis, Secretary of Defense, to further explore how to handle Transgender people currently serving in the arm forces.

In his memo, he orders Pentagon to stop paying for gender reassignment surgeries, except in cases that are already in progress to "protect the health of an individual". Also, it is requested in the memo that the Pentagon develop an implementation plan for the ban by February 21, 2018, to be put in place on March 23, 2018.

Prior to the memo released, Trump "spoke passionately" about the rights and freedom of LGBT, however, based the policy on a "series of national security consideration".





Trump’s memo frames Obama’s policy — which was crafted after a working group spent a year to hammer out the details and implementation — as dismantling the Pentagon’s “established framework.”
It also claims the previous administration did not “identify a sufficient basis to conclude that terminating the Departments' longstanding policy and practice would not hinder military effectiveness and lethality, disrupt unit cohesion, or tax military resources,” therefore requiring further study.
GLAD (The GLBTQ Legal Advocates and Defenders) Transgender Rights Project Director Jennifer Levi said the policy is “a shameful slap in the face to people who put their lives on the line everyday to defend our country.”
”Our military is strongest when all people who are fit to serve have the opportunity to do so. This unprecedented policy amounts to a purge of qualified, contributing troops, and will serve only to undermine unit cohesion and weaken military readiness,” Levi said.
More information on the guidance will be provided early next week.
SOURCE/TheHill.com