The Pentagon will allow transgender individuals to enlist in the armed forces as of January 1st, 2018, according to a report by the Associated Press.
This is in defiance of President Trump who tweeted in July that after consulting with his Generals he had made the decision to restrict transgender people from serving in the US military.
The President stated the military must focus on decisive victory and cannot be burdened with the exorbitant medical costs and other hardships that undeniably accompany transgender men and women.
After consultation with my Generals and military experts, please be advised that the United States Government will not accept or allow……
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) July 26, 2017
The new policy decision by the Pentagon comes amid mounting social and legal pressure to deny biological differences between males and females.
Two federal courts have ruled against Trump’s attempt at a ban on transgender recruits; however, one wonders at the validity of such motions after the Supreme Court ruled against the activist judges that attempted to block the President’s travel ban.
Regardless, the January 1st guideline will be executed as required, and should the Trump administration make any appeals against the decision it will not be reversed or put on hold until the final ruling is made.
The timing of this policy announcement signals that the Pentagon has little faith that any legal attempts to reinstate the ban will be successful, yet it is possible this issue also will be taken to the Supreme Court which should be expected to rule in the President’s favor as he has the utmost authority over the military as the Commander-in-Chief.