Washington, August 26: The United States President Donald Trump on Friday signed a memorandum that directs the US military to not accept transgender individuals as recruits and banned Obama-era plan. Notably, the memo signed by President Trump ordered Pentagon to ban an Obama-era plan of recruiting transgender individuals in the military.
The memorandum released by the White House, laid out in more detail a ban on transgender individuals serving in the US armed forces that Trump announced via Twitter last month. President Trump directed the Secretary of Defense, Secretary of Homeland Security with respect to the US Coast Guard, to return to the longstanding practice of military service by trans gender individuals that were in place prior to June last year.
President Trump in the memorandum alleged that his predecessor Barack Obama dismantled the Defence Departments' established framework by permitting transgender individuals to serve openly in the military, authorizing the use of its resources to fund sex-reassignment surgical procedures, and permitting accession of such individuals after July 1, this year.
However, the order requires Secretary of Defence Jim Mattis to determine in the coming months how to handle transgender individuals currently serving in the military using criteria including "military effectiveness and lethality," budget constraints and law.
Interestingly, during the release of a memorandum, a White House official declined to specify whether transgender individuals who are currently active in the military could continue to serve based on such criteria. The memorandum has requested the Pentagon to develop an implementation plan for the ban by February 21, 2018, which should be put in place on March 23, 2018.
Meanwhile, Democrats said that this move of President Trump is cruel and meant to hurt and humiliate American soldiers.