Trump was trying to save money as well as keep the military focused on the job at hand, keeping America safe. But starting January 1, 2018, Transgender folks will be allowed back in the military. This return will include new regulations that will in part make sure people interested in the military that are transgender are mentally prepared as well as physically.
In preparation for the transgender recruits, new guidelines have been created,
“Potential service members will still need to go through rigorous health and background screenings. People can be disqualified for enlistment if they have gender dysphoria or if they have undergone recent transition surgery. However potential servicemembers can be allowed to serve if they have a Doctor’s approval that they are clinically stable in their preferred gender for at least 18 months and show no signs of mental distress regarding their transition. New recruits must also maintain regular hormone therapy and prescriptions for at least 18 months before they can be accepted.”
These new regulations should weed out some of the transgender people that are not mentally sound to be in the military. But will this mean the military (Taxpayers) will be picking up the tab for the expensive hormone medicines? Maybe they should add another guideline where they check their new gender pronouns at the door. That’s all the military needs some over sensitive snowflakes accusing the military of discrimination for not using their appropriate pronoun.
However, Elaine Donnelly, president for the Center For Military Readiness, said Trump “has every right to review, revise, or repeal his predecessor’s military transgender policies, which would detract from mission readiness and combat lethality.” Court judges, she said, are not qualified to run the military.
The Pentagon move Monday signals the growing sense within the government that authorities are likely to lose the legal fight.
“The controversy will not be about whether you allow transgender enlistees, it’s going to be on what terms,” said Brad Carson, who was deeply involved in the last administration’s decisions. “That’s really where the controversy will lie.”
Carson worried, however, that the Defense Department could opt to comply with a deadline on allowing transgender recruits, but “under such onerous terms that practically there will be none.” Carson, who worked for Ash Carter as the acting undersecretary of defense for personnel, said requiring 18 months of stability in the preferred sex is a reasonable time.