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Pentagon New Transgender Ban Rules

By Charlotte Robinson, September 10, 2020
The Pentagon has issued new instruction entitled “Military Service by Transgender Persons & Persons With Gender Dysphoria” dated September 4th that replaces a temporary directive that reinstated the ban under President Trump last year. A new 40-page handbook outlines for commanders how the ban is supposed to work & attempts to justify why transgender troops should be banned on the basis of questionable assertions. It claims that “special accommodations for medical conditions requiring sustained medical intervention” would threaten deployability, readiness & lethality even though a panel of military professors debunked the Pentagon’s misleading claim that equal treatment for transgender troops is “special” treatment stating that “There were no ‘special accommodations’ provided to individuals with gender dysphoria” in the inclusive policy that was put into effect in 2016. Aaron Belkin, Director of the Palm Center stated, “Donald Trump’s continued attacks on transgender Americans who are putting their lives on the line for this country illustrate a consistent pattern of a commander in chief increasingly isolated from his own military. Instead of honoring & supporting our troops, he is targeting them for discriminatory treatment, just as he has reportedly denigrated military members over many years. The guidance issued last week doubles down on a ban that deprives the military of qualified personnel & which military leaders & scholars have repeatedly indicated has no credible rationale.” For the record General Mark Milley, Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff testified that there were “zero reports” of problems with the inclusive policy for transgender troops that was in effect for nearly three years a claim echoed by all the service chiefs. The Palm Center is an independent, non-partisan research institute that conducts scholarly analysis of U.S. military personnel policy with an emphasis on LGBTQ populations.
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