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Fresh off of another federal court order lifting its previous injunction, the Trump administration on Tuesday issued its official guidance for implementing the transgender military ban, set to take effect in 30 days.
The Pentagon’s guidance, issued Tuesday evening, makes it clear the ban will be exactly as discriminatory as it sounded when President Trump first tweeted that transgender people were too expensive of a “burden” and “disruption” to the military. Currently serving military personnel who already openly identify as transgender will be grandfathered in, but after April 12, a new version of “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell” will be imposed on all other transgender personnel.
If a current service member realizes they are transgender, they will be forced to make an impossible choice of pursuing medical care that they may need or maintaining their military career. They will be prohibited from doing both, as the policy requires they must serve in accordance with their “biological sex.”
Anybody who has already transitioned will be strictly prohibited from enlisting in the military. This will include many openly transgender students currently completing their education in one of the military academies who will have no future in the armed services under this policy.
Despite the clear prohibition on anyone serving in accordance with their gender identity, the policy nevertheless purports to prohibit discrimination on that very basis. “No person, solely on the basis of his or her gender identity,” it states, “will be denied accession into the Military Services; involuntarily separated or discharged from the Military Services; denied reenlistment or continuation of service in the Military Services; or subjected to adverse action or mistreatment.”
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