Banning transgendered US troops
The announcement by US President Donald Trump of the ban on transgender people serving in the US military has taken the Pentagon by surprise. Leaves perplexing officials confronted with a pitched implementation.
By a simple tweet, Donald Trump put a stop to a long process of reform of the US military. That saw the lifting of the ban on women fighting in the front line and the possibility for homosexual Declare themselves openly.
The Pentagon is faced with the following major challenges in implementing the transgender ban in its ranks.
– Legal impact? –
On June 30, 2016, Barack Obama’s defense minister, Ash Carter, declared that the US military could no longer demobilize or refuse to recruit anyone on the basis of its sexual identity.
Therefore, the transgender military encouraged to openly display themselves, are now likely to be punished. Opening up a potential legal minefield for the Pentagon.
Several civil rights organizations are already preparing for a battle in the courts.
“If this shameful tweet really becomes a policy, we will go to court without hesitation,” warned Jon Davidson. Legal director of the Lambda rights organization.
The Pentagon has a long history of exclusion policies, including racial segregation, the prohibition of homosexuals and the exclusion of women from combat. These bans have all been discontinued over time.
– Difficulty recruiting? –
The number of transgender people is estimated to be between 1,320 and 15,000 for 1.3 million US military personnel on active service.
Their demobilization may have an impact on some units, but observers are particularly concerned about the negative impact on the image of the military. Especially among young Americans who may be hesitant to engage in a discriminatory policy institution.
“Choosing soldiers for reasons other than military qualifications is a matter of social policy and this has no place in our army,” former Minister Ash Carter said Wednesday.
“This decision would also send the wrong signal to a younger generation who is considering serving in the military. ”
– What’s going to happen ? –
Donald Trump announced his decision without any apparent coordination with the Pentagon.
Ministry of Defense communications officers were on Wednesday absent subscribers. A statement purporting to clarify the ban has never occurred.
The Minister of Defense himself, Jim Mattis, was on vacation. When Donald Trump sent his tweets and seems to have been informed of this decision only afterwards.
The Joint Chiefs of Staff, General Joe Dunford, said Thursday that the Pentagon’s policy will not change until President Trump gives formal instructions to the ministry.
“In the meantime, we will continue to treat all our personnel with respect,” wrote the highest-ranking US Army.
The guidelines on transgender personnel were still on the Pentagon website on Thursday.
– Why this ban? –
Donald Trump highlighted in his tweet “the burden of enormous medical costs”. And “disruptions” caused by transgender people in the military.
The argument of the cost of medical care needed for a sex change of recruits is undermined by a study of the center of reflection RAND . It estimates it between $ 2.4 and $ 8.4 million per year for a total Pentagon budget of some $ 600 billion.
Several US media affirm that the decision of Donald Trump. He had above all political motivations.
A budget bill on the financing of the wall with Mexico. It also included an amendment prohibiting the army from paying for a sex change.
According to the New York Times, Donald Trump was worried that this amendment would delay the bill’s adoption. And funding the wall promised during the campaign.
Donald Trump would have solved the problem is purely and simply prohibiting transgender people from serving in the military.