So much for all the mandatory transgender training the US military has been going through as President Trump has now reinstated the transgender servicemember ban:
President Trump announced on Wednesday morning that the U.S. military would not “accept or allow” any transgender service members.
In a series of tweets, the commander in chief argued that too much is at stake in the military’s current operations for it to be “burdened” by the medical costs of transgender people or the “disruption” he says transgender service members would cause. [Yahoo News]
You can read more at the link, but I really think this whole policy would have been less controversial if it did not include free sex change and hormone treatment for new recruits. Additionally controversy only increased when it was announced that transgenders that chose not to undergo the surgery would be allowed to shower with the sex they identify with.
With the end of the don’t ask don’t tell policy I predicted it would be a lot to do about nothing which is what happened. Gay servicemembers were not demanding special treatment, just the ability to serve openly. If transgenders were just told they can serve openly and must have any surgeries completed prior to joining the military I think there would have been much less push back on this policy that led to President Trump overturning it.