New policy reverses former President Obama's controversial policy allowing gender confused men to shower with female soldiers
President Trump announced the military will no longer "accept or allow" gender confused people to serve in the U.S. military "in any capacity". The new policy does not ban gays or lesbians from serving their country.
In a series of tweets on Wednesday, Trump said American forces could not afford to accommodate" transgender people and their expensive medical needs.
“After consultation with my generals and military experts, please be advised that the United States government will not accept or allow transgender individuals to serve in any capacity in the U.S. military,” Mr. Trump wrote. “Our military must be focused on decisive and overwhelming victory and cannot be burdened with the tremendous medical costs and disruption that transgender in the military would entail.”
Trump's common sense policy reverses former President Obama's controversial policy allowing gender confused individuals to serve openly in the military.
Female soldiers were instructed to tolerate men in showers to build “dignity and respect” for “transgender Soldiers."
Obama's controversial policy resulted in thousands of young people changing their minds about serving in the military.
The news comes less than a week after members of the House voted to allow funding for sex change operations and lifelong hormone treatments for transgender soldiers -- surgeries that could cost Pentagon over $1 billion.
The amendment to ban sex change funding in the military failed by a vote of 209-214, with 24 Republicans breaking ranks to allow the funding.
Critics argued that the preferential treatment given to trans soldiers was unfair to other soldiers who are disqualified from serving in the military if they are diagnosed with diabetes or mental disorders such as anxiety or depression.
On June 30, Defense Secretary James Mattis postponed full implementation of Obama's policy for six months while the Pentagon "studies" its effect on military morale.
There are currently 15,000 gender confused soldiers serving in the military. They will soon receive honorable discharges.
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