Transgender troops who are in the US military may remain in the ranks, the White House said late Friday, but the Pentagon could require them to serve according to their gender at birth. The new memorandum is based on a report from Secretary of Defense James Mattis, and it states that "transgender persons with a history or diagnosis of gender dysphoria - including individuals who the policies state may require substantial medical treatment, including medications and surgery - are disqualified from military service except under limited circumstances".
In a statement from White House press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders, she explained that the president rescinded his previous ban on all transgender individuals in the military - a move that has been held up in court since its inception - in order to defer to Mattis' policies.
In the 2016 campaign, Trump actively sought the support of socially conservative groups, some of whom supported the bathroom access restrictions, while also promising to "fight for" the gay and transgender community.
The new policy banning transgender people from military service offers a few exceptions.
The judges said the ban would likely violate the right under the US Constitution to equal protection under the law.
The memo defined the transgender ban as applying to individuals or "those who may require substantial medical treatment, including through medical drugs or surgery".
Last month the first openly transgender recruit joined the military.
As noted by U.S. Rep. Dave Bratt, R-Va., during an appearance on Fox News' "The Ingraham Angle", who was responding to a question of whether Trump was throwing this out as a concession to his base after signing the $1.3 trillion omnibus bill, people are exhausted of the U.S. Military being used as a laboratory for social engineering.
In removing the ban, then-Defense Secretary Ashton Carter stopped the military from involuntarily separating anyone in the service, and gave the service branches a year to iron out how they would begin processing transgender recruits.
"This policy was reverse-engineered for the sole objective of carrying out President Trump's reckless and unconstitutional ban", the union said. Accordingly, transgender troops now serving may continue to do so, however, the Pentagon has the option to "require them to serve according to the gender at birth". Mattis said that he found a Rand Corp. study - commissioned by the Pentagon under Obama that became a backbone of the repeal process - to be flawed.
President's discrimination towards transgender people is well documented after he repealed Obama Administration's protection for transgender students.
LGBTQ advocates call policy banning most transgender people from military service "transphobia masquerading as policy".
Citing research into other countries that allow transgender people to serve, the study projected "little or no impact on unit cohesion, operational effectiveness or readiness" in the United States.
As the new plan will be challenged in court, like Trump's full ban was last summer, it's unclear when these changes will take effect. They have before. But should that fail (let's not forget, Neil Gorsuch is on the Supreme Court), Senator Kirsten Gillibrand introduced S.1820, a bill "to provide for the retention and service of transgender members of the Armed Forces", back in September of 2017.