Trump Issues New Transgender Military Ban

Transgender Universe

By Mila Madison

The announcement came Friday after the president’s review of recommendations presented by Defense Secretary James Mattis in February.

The new policy states, “transgender persons with a history or diagnosis of gender dysphoria are disqualified from military service except under certain limited circumstances." The policy exempts transgender people if the have been “stable” for a period of 36 months in their “biological” (assigned) sex. It also exempts transgender people who are currently serving that do not require a transition of gender and are deemed deployable. The last exception is for those who are currently serving prior to this new policy and after the date of President Obama’s policy that allowed transgender people to openly serve. In their case they may continue to serve in their preferred gender and receive medically necessary treatment for gender dysphoria.

The policy also states, “transgender persons who require or have undergone gender transition are disqualified from military service. “ It only allows transgender people to serve if they do not have a historical diagnosis of gender dysphoria and serve in their assigned sex.

The new memorandum rescinds the previous policy issue by President trump last summer after he announced the plan in a series of tweets.

Despite Friday’s announcement of the new policy, it will not be implemented due to existing federal court orders. In a statement to CNN, US Army Maj. Dave Eastburn, a Pentagon spokesperson, said the Pentagon "will still comply with federal court rulings and continue to assess and retain transgender service members."

To date, two transgender people have successfully enlisted in the military since multiple injunctions were issued to prevent the ban in federal courts.