On This Day in 2019, Pentagon Announces Enforcement of Ban on Transgender Service

Following the previous day’s news of a Maryland federal judge lifting the 3rd of four orders barring the military from enforcing the previous administration’s ban on transgender military service, the Pentagon announced that it would be enforcing the policy to bar certain transgender people from joining the military.

DoD spokesman Charles Summers stated that the proposed policy would allow transgender troops currently serving to stay in and those “who’ve had medical service for gender dysphoria” would not be allowed to enlist.

Under the proposed policy, no one may be denied entry into the military or involuntarily discharged based solely on gender identity. However, a diagnosis or history of gender dysphoria, a medical condition requiring long-term treatment, can be disqualifying.

In January, a three-judge federal appeals court unanimously concluded that it was factually incorrect to describe the proposed policy as a blanket ban on service by transgender persons.

Lt. Col. Joe Buccino, Spokesman for Acting Defense Secretary Patrick Shanahan

The then-President announced the transgender ban on Twitter in July 2017.

A 2016 Rand Corp. study found that transgender people serving in the military would have a minimal impact on readiness.

Read more: Pentagon Set to Block Some Transgender People from Joining the Military (Military.com), 08 March 2019

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