President Donald Trump of United States has said transgender people cannot serve “in any capacity” in the military.
Mr. Trump tweeted to this effect, saying he had consulted relevant authorities: military experts, citing “tremendous medical costs and disruption”
Last year, Obama regime opted to allow transgender to serve openly in the military in June 2016, under Defence Secretary Ash Carter.
But the Defence Secretary, James Mattis, in June agreed to give a 6 month delay whether the military will allow transgender people or not.
As expected, Mr. Trump’s tweet came in series, saying: “After consultation with my Generals and military experts, please be advised that the United States Government will not accept or allow transgender individuals to serve in any capacity in the U.S. Military.
“Our military must be focused on decisive and overwhelming victory and cannot be burdened with the tremendous medical costs and disruption that transgender in the military would entail.”
Although the measure, according to Pentagon, will not be effective instantly. “We will provide revised guidance to the department in the near future.”
According to The independent Rand Corporation 2016 estimates, out of 1.2 million active-duty service members 2,450 are transgender, though some campaigners put the figure higher.
According to BBC, the Obama administration had policy which has provision for the military to provide medical help for service members wanting to change gender.
Transgender people would be permitted to join the services, so long as they could demonstrate they had been stable in their new gender for at least 18 months.
This was meant to come into effect on 1 July 2017 but the Trump administration delayed it by a further six months. The Pentagon said the five branches of the military needed more time to “review their accession plans and provide input on the impact to the readiness and lethality of our forces”.
While Mr Trump’s decision concerns transgender military personnel, the US military’s ban on openly gay and lesbian servicemen and women – known as “Don’t ask don’t tell” – was lifted in 2011.