President Donald J. Trump has decided to advance his bogus ban on trans individuals openly serving in the US military beyond tweeting vague dictates on the matter.
Per the Wall Street Journal, Trump is expected to “issue guidance” to the Pentagon and Secretary of Defense Jim Mattis which will be somewhat clearer than his original three-part tweetstorm in July, which proclaimed trans people will no longer be allowed “to serve in any capacity” in the armed forces. There was no shortage of confusion over the tweets, which contained no actual information on how the president intended the Pentagon to carry the policy out, but did contain plenty of nonsensical rambling about “decisive and overwhelming victory.”
Per the WSJ account, Trump is giving Mattis the ability to consider whether trans soldiers will be able to deploy when deciding who to discharge, as well as directs him to stop admitting any new trans soldiers and cut off related medical treatments for those currently serving. Mattis is being given a six-month window to implement the policy.
Trump’s psuedomedical Twitter thesis for the decision was that trans soldiers “burdened” the military with “tremendous medical costs and disruption,” all of which is a lie of mind-boggling proportions. No evidence backs this idea. It’s naked pandering to bigots, and especially that particular brand of bigot eager to stigmatize trans people as mentally ill.
The total cost of providing adequate medical care to the US’ estimated 1,320-6,600 trans service members would cost $2.4-8.4 million annually out of the military’s $6.27 billion health care…
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