United States military to begin accepting transgender applicants next year

United States military to begin accepting transgender applicants next year

The Pentagon has said it will allow transgender people to enlist in the U.S. military beginning on January 1, despite Donald Trump's opposition.

The Pentagon announced Monday that it would enforce the January 1 court-imposed deadline for processing transgender military applicants as the Department of Justice appeals the ruling. Kollar-Kotelly subsequently, in response to another Justice Department filing, clarified that her order did indeed mean that acceptance of new trans recruits must begin January 1.

It took President Obama years of activist pressure for his administration to finally allow transgender Americans to serve openly in the American military in June 2016, and have their medical needs covered.

"If complying with the military's previously established January 1, 2018 deadline to begin accession was as unmanageable as Defendants now suggest, one would have expected Defendants to act with more alacrity", she added in the final line of her decision. So the DOD let transgender troops serve openly-but it did not allow openly transgender people to enlist in the military.

He proposed that transgender people would be able to enlist in the military by July 2017. The ban also demeans and stigmatizes qualified, capable transgender troops who are facing discharge along with the accompanying loss of their professions, livelihoods, health care, and the post-military retirement they have worked hard to earn.

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"It's time to stop stalling and move forward", said GLAD Transgender Rights Project Director Jennifer Levi.

"Due to the complexity of this new medical standard, trained medical officers will perform a medical prescreen of transgender applicants for military service who otherwise meet all applicable applicant standards", Eastburn said.

Justice Department spokeswoman Lauren Ehrsam issued this statement to the Washington Post: "We disagree with the court's ruling and are now evaluating the next steps. Today our courts affirmed discrimination does not belong in our military", he tweeted, referencing legal challenges to President Donald Trump's policy of barring transgender people from serving in the military.

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