Donald Trump to tell Pentagon it has six months to expel transgender people from the military

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Donald Trump is reportedly set to tell the Pentagon it has six months to expel transgender people from the military.

A White House memo is expected to be sent to the security services in the coming days. It will outline exactly how the forthcoming military ban on transgender people is to be implemented. 

The two-and-a-half page memo will give secretary of defence Jim Mattis six months to prepare to expel serving transgender troops who are not “deployable”, and cut off payment for their sexual reassignment surgery, according to the Wall Street Journal.

Transgender people will no longer be allowed to enter military service, while serving troops will face expulsion based on “deployability” – a troop’s ability to serve in a war zone, participate in exercises and live for months on a ship – as the legal means for dismissal. 

The deployability policy is a departure from the blanket ban Trump announced in a series of surprise tweets last month. 

The ban reverses a policy created by the Obama administration a year ago which opened up the military to transgender people for the first time. 

Aaron Belkin, the director of the Palm Center, which helped develop the policy of admitting transgender service members, told the New York Times: “It is unconscionable that the commander in chief would take aim at his own, loyally serving troops for political reasons at a time when the military needs to focus on real threats.”

Up to 11,000 transgender troops could be currently serving in the military, according to a RAND Corporation study.  


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