Washington: The United States’ top general said today that there had been no change yet to the policy on transgender ban from the miilitary, a day after President Donald Trump announced that ‘US military will no longer allow transgender individuals to serve in any capacity in the military’.
Marine General Joseph Dunford, chairman of the military’s Joint Chiefs of Staff, began his note to service chiefs, commanders and senior enlisted leaders by acknowledging the uncertainty that followed Trump’s announcement.
“I know there are questions about yesterday`s announcement on the transgender policy by the President. There will be no modifications to the current policy until the President`s direction has been received by the Secretary of Defense and the Secretary has issued implementation guidance,” Dunford was quoted as saying by Reuters on Transgender Ban.
Dunford then made the assurance that the US military would treat all of our personnel with respect.
On Wednesday Trump surprised after he in a series of tweets announced that he would ban transgender people from the US military.
“After consultation with my Generals and military experts, please be advised that the US government will not accept or allow…Transgender individuals to serve in any capacity in the US military,” Trump tweeted.
“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. Thank you.”
The action came on the same day that the Trump administration told a U.S. appeals court in New York that federal law does not ban discrimination against gay employees, a sharp reversal of the position Democratic former President Barack Obama took.
Surprisingly, while contesting for the presidential election last year, Trump had vowed to fight for lesbians, gays, bisexuals and transgender people.
“We`re scratching our heads and asking where the hell this came from,” the officer said by phone, speaking on condition of anonymity.
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