Trump Bans Gender Dysphoria Patients from the Military, But DoD Continues to Recruit

FILE - In this Sunday, June 11, 2017 file photo, Equality March for Unity and Pride participants march past the White House in Washington. Many LGBT-rights activists never believed Donald Trump's campaign promises to be their friend. With his move to ban transgender people from military service on Wednesday, July 26, 2017, on top of other actions and appointments, they now see him as openly hostile. (AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster)

Donald Trump has taken formal action to remove people with Gender Dysphoria / “Transgender” issues from the military. Why will the military will continue to recruit these people, despite the ban.


(AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster)

Trump ordered the exclusion of people with Gender Dysphoria from the military on the grounds that they “may require substantial medical treatment, including medications and surgery.” The administration says that this “presents considerable risk to military effectiveness and lethality.”

However it’s not a simple as that. First off, according to Secretary Jim Mattis, folks already in are staying. Secondly, recruitment will continue despite the ban:

However, the Defense Department will continue to assess and retain transgender individuals for the time being, because four federal judges have ruled against banning transgender men and women from military service, said Army Maj. David Eastburn, a Pentagon spokesman.

Eastburn could not say how many transgender service members are in the military, because the Pentagon classifies troops as men or women. Two transgender recruits are currently under contract.

Will Trump act on this gutting of his policy decision?