Mattis Makes Recommendations Regarding Transgender Troops

U.S. Defense Secretary Jim Mattis has made his recommendations on transgender troops serving in the military.

According to Pentagon spokesperson Major David Eastburn, Mattis delivered his recommendations on Friday morning, however any policy decisions would ultimately be decided upon by President Trump and the White House. White House officials are saying an announcement regarding the administration’s new policy on transgender troops will be made no later than March 23rd.

According to a report by Fox News, a senior U.S. official has confirmed that Mattis has formally recommended that transgender troops should be allowed to serve as long as they are able to deploy overseas. The Pentagon recently issued guidance that stated service members (excluding those who were wounded in combat and women who are pregnant and recently had a child) who are not considered able to deploy for a period of 12 months will be processed for “administrative separation.” Officials have said that the new guidance on deployment and recent court orders have helped to shape Mattis’ recommendations.

The move by Mattis is contrary to the views of President Trump, who announced his decision to ban transgender troops from serving last July via Twitter. Mattis has been on record saying he was surprised by Trump’s original announcement, as he was not consulted.

What has not yet been made clear is whether the military would continue to pay for gender affirmation surgeries. Many are also worried that the new policy regarding the ability to deploy may be a veiled attempt at blocking transgender people from serving. The policy stands a chance to hold up in court because it applies to all troops who are serving.

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PrincessJambalaya
PrincessJambalaya

I'm actually completely unsurprised by this. Mattis is a general who has served his entire adult life in the military. He's never made a secret of not caring about people's gender or sexuality or anything like that, only the effectiveness of the troops under his command. Currently, that's the whole military.

Anyone, cis or not, should not be in the military if they're unable to deploy. It's kind of the whole point. And that's the standard for cis soldiers.

What he's recommending is true equality. Now it's up to the President on how to proceed. For better or for worse.

Mikaela
Mikaela

“According to a report by Fox News, a senior U.S. official has confirmed that Mattis has formally recommended that transgender troops should be allowed to serve as long as they are able to deploy overseas.”

WOW, that surprises me, I thought Jim Mattis hands would have been tied, and that this would have been left to the courts.

“who are not considered able to deploy for a period of 12 months will be processed for “administrative separation.””

Obama era policies already included such language.

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Jim Mattis

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