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It’s Official: Military Transgender Ban Takes Effect

Late this week President Trump signed and issued a memo to the Defense Department henceforth to cease accepting and/or recruiting military personnel who self-identify as transgender (or who aren’t quite certain).

The memo also instructs the Pentagon to cease paying for gender reassignment procedure with an exception for those already in progress (wouldn’t want someone getting stuck in the middle as a “shim”).

The memo puts into official force what he proclaimed exactly one month ago.

What’s likely to follow is the discharge of personnel who ultimately complete the surgical procedure or who had already completed it prior to the policy change.

And let’s not forget, the U.S. military has almost complete discretion in terms of what criteria is deems appropriate for selection of the members of our Armed Forces.

So there’s really little to no recourse here, regardless what the folks at the ACLU may attempt to argue.

Yes, the military discriminates; it has to in order to maintain a competent fighting force.

Here’s more from Redstate…

Back on July 26, President Trump declared that the US military would no longer accept “transgender” applicants. The announcement caught Defense Secretary Mattis and the JCS flatfooted and let to bizarre claims that Trump was so dumb the didn’t know what DoD policy was (apparently those holding this particular point of view never encountered Article II, Section 2 of the US Constitution) and that the military was going to refuse to obey Trump’s directive.

This just in from The Hill:

President Trump signed a presidential memo Friday instructing the Defense Department to stop accepting transgender people who want to enroll in the military.

The memo details Trump’s previous Twitter announcement last month that he would reimplement a ban on transgender people serving in the U.S. military, and officially requests the Pentagon begin to implement the ban.

Trump’s memo bars transgender people from enlisting, but instructs Secretary of Defense James Mattis to further explore how to handle transgender people currently serving in the armed forces.

The memo also orders the Pentagon to stop paying for gender reassignment surgeries, except in cases that are already in progress.

It also requests that the Pentagon develop an implementation plan for the ban by March 23, 2018.

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