Trump Administration Announces New Plan To Ban Most Transgender Troops From Serving In Military

 In LGBTQ, National Security and Military Operations   Last Updated: March 24, 2018

On Friday March 23, 2018 the White House announced a new military policy that “flatly states that ‘transgender persons who require or have undergone gender transition are disqualified from military service.'”

According to a Pentagon memo about the policy [issued in February of 2018], exceptions to the ban include people who have been ‘stable for 36 consecutive months in their biological sex prior to accession,’ servicemembers who ‘do not require a change of gender’ and troops who started serving under the Obama administration’s policy prior to the new memo.”

The memo also states “the Department of Defense concludes that there are substantial risks associated with allowing the accession and retention of individuals with a history or diagnosis of gender dysphoria and require, or have already undertaken, a course of treatment to change their gender.”

On Monday October 20, 2017 a Federal Judge blocked President Trump’s previous ban of transgender troops from entering and serving in the U.S. Military and a ban of using federal funds for gender reassignment treatments or procedures, as it did not “appear to be supported by any facts.”



Helene Cooper and Thomas Gibbons-Neff. "Trump Approves New Limits on Transgender Troops in the Military." New York Times, 23 March 2018. Web. 24 March 2018.
Sophie Tatum. "White House announces policy to ban most transgender people from serving in military." CNN, 23 March 2018. Web. 24 March 2018.
"Military Service By Transgender Individuals." Department of Defense, 22 February 2018. Memorandum. 24 March 2018.
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