Trump’s transgender memo ’embrace of hate:’ Vets group

From Raw Story:

24 Aug 2017

President Donald Trump’s White House has drawn up a two-page memo for Secretary of Defense James Mattis outlining its ban on transgender service members.

It is a move that some veterans groups say underscores Trump’s “embrace of hate” because neither the military nor public called for it.

The memo says the military should consider a service member’s “deployability” when considering to hire them or keep them on and directs the defense department to stop spending money on medical treatment, such as hormone therapy, or hiring trans service members.

If they are not able to serve in a war zone, live for months on a ship, or undertake training exercises, servicemen and women can be ejected from the military, U.S. officials familiar with the content of the memo told The Wall Street Journal. A U.S. official confirmed the content of the memo to Reuters.

Trump announced the policy on July 26 on Twitter in a move that caught the Pentagon by surprise. The government “will not accept or allow transgender individuals to serve in any capacity in the U.S. military,” he tweeted.

Three U.S. defense officials told CNN in July that the U.S. military’s Joint Chiefs of Staff and its chairman General Joseph Dunford weren’t aware of Trump’s decision to make the change.

Transgendered people have been allowed to openly serve in the military since June 2016. A Rand Corporation study estimates there are between 1,320 and 6,000 transgender troops serving in the U.S. military. These service members stand to lose their jobs under Trump’s policy.

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