Department of Defense Formally Recognizes Trump Admin. Reversal of Transgender Military Policy
The Department of Defense formally announced Tuesday details of the new Trump policy on transgender troops, saying that personnel must serve in their biological sex and not their preferred gender – although current transgender troops who don’t meet the new standards will be allowed to stay.
The new policy means that no one will be booted from the military, although men and women who sign up for the military after it takes effect won’t receive an exemption. The policy will go into effect in 30 days.
It was written at the directive of President Trump and overturns the Obama-era policy that allowed personnel to serve under their gender identity. A man who identified as a woman, for example, could serve alongside women. In the future, such an arrangement won’t be permitted.
A story on the Department of Defense website says the policy “was developed by military and civilian experts” on combat readiness “who consulted with medical professionals.”
Persons who have sex-reassignment surgery or are diagnosed with gender dysphoria are ineligible for the military under the new policy.
The new policy advances military readiness, the department says.
“To maintain a military force that is worldwide deployable and combat effective, the military must set high standards, and all military members must sacrifice to meet these standards,” a DoD explanation of the policy reads. “In fact, just over 70 percent of prime military-age Americans cannot meet the military’s standards.
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