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Pentagon to permit transgender enlistments Jan. 1

by Evan Wilt
Posted 12/11/17, 02:16 pm

WASHINGTON—A federal judge ruled Monday that the Pentagon must permit transgender Americans to enlist in the military on Jan. 1, despite President Donald Trump’s disapproval. In July, Trump announced on Twitter the military would no longer allow transgender troops to serve, calling the issue a distraction and a burden on the U.S. military. Court challenges quickly followed, and two U.S. District Court judges ruled against the ban. The Trump administration appealed, and on Monday Judge Colleen Kollar-Kotelly of the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia issued another blow to Trump’s order: “In sum, having carefully considered all of the evidence before it, the court is not persuaded that defendants will be irreparably injured by allowing the accession of transgender individuals into the military beginning on January 1, 2018,” she wrote. A Pentagon official told the Associated Press it would honor the court ruling and begin accepting transgender enlistments on New Year’s Day. But potential recruits must pass a battery of tests and prove they have been stable in their prefered gender for at least 18 months. President Barack Obama lifted the ban on transgender troops last year, which included helping service members pay for gender-reassignment surgery. Defense Department Secretary Jim Mattis is leading a study on transgender service members already in the military to make policy recommendations to the president regarding their future.

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Evan Wilt

Evan is a World Journalism Institute graduate and a former WORLD reporter.

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  • JerryM
    Posted: Mon, 12/11/2017 04:16 pm

    More cultural insanity.  Why not wait until after the study has been completed?  The LGBT lobby has so pressurised these issues that it will not wait, even for the average American to "think correctly" about the issue.  I would write your state representative and the president.  

  • John M.
    Posted: Mon, 12/11/2017 06:55 pm

    Doesn't that judicial decision violate the Constitution?  Article 2.1 says POTUS is Commander in Chief? 

  • Cyborg3's picture
    Posted: Mon, 12/11/2017 10:03 pm

    According to the Courts, they are the Commander in Chief!

  • Hans's picture
    Posted: Tue, 12/12/2017 10:53 am

    No, the Commander in Chief has the authority to command operations, not to dictate policy by fiat. The Uniform Code of Military Justice, for example, is established by Congress, in accordance with the Constitution, Article 1, Section 8. If Trump's policy is not in keeping with the law as written by the Legislative branch and interpreted by the Courts, his policy does not stand. He is not actually a dictator, whatever he might happen to think.


    For what it's worth, the day after Trump issued his tweet about banning transgender service members, ever single one of us members of the military got an email from the Chaiman of the Joint Chiefs stating that until we received actual policy directives through the proper chain, we would carry on with current policy, the tweets of the POTUS notwithstanding. Trump subsequently attempted to issue a policy directive, which was struck down by the courts, which means that the military will carry on as before. Believe it or not, the military actually functions by rules and regulations subject to the law, which is why all officers take an oath to support and defend the Constitution, not the President.