Today, the President rescinded his previous memorandum on transgender service in the military in order to allow Secretary Mattis to implement a new policy developed through extensive study by senior uniformed and civilian leaders, including combat veterans. The experts’ study sets forth a policy to enhance our military’s readiness, lethality, and effectiveness. On the advice of these experts, the Secretary of Defense and the Secretary of Homeland Security have concluded that the accession or retention of individuals with a history or diagnosis of gender dysphoria—those who may require substantial medical treatment, including through medical drugs or surgery—presents considerable risk to military effectiveness and lethality. Additionally, it was found that transgender individuals would cause too great of a distraction to fellow military personnel and would therefore cause a considerable risk to the focus of military strategy. Despite all other mental illnesses such as, PTSD, depression, self- mutilation and bipolar disorder, plaguing existing and potentially prospective military members, this new policy will enable the military to apply well-established mental and physical health standards. The Secretary of Defense’s memorandum and accompanying report have been made public today.
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