Trump signs order for Pentagon to curb transgender military service

by Travis J. Tritten
August 26, 2017

President Trump on Friday ordered the Pentagon to drop plans to recruit transgender troops, halt their medical treatment and determine within six months whether those currently serving can remain in the military.

The president’s memorandum follows his series of tweets last month declaring transgender troops would no longer be allowed to serve in any capacity and is aimed at rolling back the Obama administration’s policy of open transgender service implemented last year for the Defense Department and Coast Guard, which is part of the Department of Homeland Security, a senior White House official said.

“In President Trump’s judgment, the previous administration failed to identify a sufficient basis to conclude that terminating the DOD and DHS long-standing policy and practice would not hinder military effectiveness or lethality, disrupt unit cohesion, tax military resources, etc.,” said the official, who briefed reporters on the memorandum.

The new personnel policy has already triggered a lawsuit by five transgender service members against Trump and top administration officials as well as outrage from Democrats and transgender advocates who have called it a “purge” of honorably serving troops for political reasons.

21 Comments - what are your thoughts?

  • dmttbt says:

    I am proud that Trump is doing things like this. These things are just common sense.
    I do almost understand how someone would become a trans gender if he or she felt they were not the gender their mind is telling them to be. Bruce Jenner was the winner of the Iron man competition and now has decided he is not a he and he is a she. I think that he did not decide to do this just for attention. I also understand for all of you who have a narrow view of what that problem is and think it could never happen. You should do some medical research in that field and see what the actual truth is. It will be educational.

  • roboteq says:

    Once again, Obama disregarded and ignored current policy in order to find yet another way to provide social services to an extremely tiny portion of the population who were until recently considered to have mental and/or emotional issues, treatable through psychiatric care. Worse, Obama disregarded the current intent of policy to not allow anything to disrupt the military focus.
    Once again, President Trump has simply corrected another mistake made by the Obama regime.

  • Big Ed says:

    For Democrats, the entire US exists as a laboratory for their social experiments. I don’t believe they really care whether or not one of their experiments results in unintended consequences detrimental enough to destroy the country-much like their Obamacare healthcare system did. The military is just another place to experiment. If the military actually performed for free all of the sex change operations, soon every transgender individual will be lined up to get into the service. The military will become a triage center for mentally ill adults to get their coveted operations free. I’m sure that some of these individuals could perform duties at some level, but 43% will eventually commit suicide-how will this be helpful in protecting the country?

  • AFGus says:

    Gender Dysphoria is a mental health condition that leads over 40% to attempt/commit suicide, and that percentage stays essentially the same even after sexual reassignment surgery. That in itself is more than adequate reason to not allow them to serve in the military. The military is not a social experiment and standards must be adhered to in order to keep it the cohesive war fighting machine that it is, and always has been. Secondary to that, the American taxpayers (through the DOD) should not have to pay for sexual reassignment surgery that has always been a personal, elective medical procedure that has been shown to “not” help with the psychological issues effecting people suffering from Gender Dysphoria.

  • Jose says:

    If you want to change your original birth sex, I have no problem with that as long as you do it at your own expense. If you are a he but want to live like a she, that again is your choice but do not force me to accept you for what you think you are and not what you really are.

  • theseer says:

    Finally a president who uses common sense and realizes these
    mentally ill trannies are a threat to the safety of our troops.
    thank you mr. president

  • exoticdoc2 says:

    There is no way taxpayers should be paying for these twisted individuals to mutilate themselves.

  • teaman says:

    Best news yet since there is no such thing as a transwhatever….PERIOD!!

    (CNSNews.com) — Dr. Paul R. McHugh, the former
    psychiatrist-in-chief for Johns
    Hopkins Hospital and its current Distinguished Service Professor
    of Psychiatry, said that transgenderism is a “mental disorder”
    that merits treatment, that sex change is “biologically
    impossible,” and that people who promote sexual reassignment
    surgery are collaborating with and promoting a mental disorder.

    Dr. McHugh, the author of six books and at least 125 peer-reviewed
    medical articles, made his remarks in a recent commentary
    in the Wall Street Journal, where he explained that
    transgender surgery is not the solution for people who suffer a
    “disorder of ‘assumption’” – the notion that their maleness
    or femaleness is different than what nature assigned to them
    biologically.

    He also reported on a new study showing that the suicide rate
    among transgendered people who had reassignment surgery is 20 times
    higher than the suicide rate among non-transgender people. Dr. McHugh
    further noted studies from Vanderbilt University and London’s
    Portman Clinic of children who had expressed transgender feelings but
    for whom, over time, 70%-80% “spontaneously lost those feelings.”

    While the Obama administration, Hollywood, and major media such as
    Time magazine promote transgenderism as normal, said Dr.
    McHugh, these “policy makers and the media are doing no favors
    either to the public or the transgendered by treating their
    confusions as a right in need of defending rather than as a mental
    disorder that deserves understanding, treatment and prevention.”

    Time magazine, June 9, 2014, cover story, The Transgender Tipping
    Point: America’s Next Civil Rights Frontier.” (Photo: AP)

    “This intensely felt sense of being transgendered constitutes a
    mental disorder in two respects. The first is that the idea of sex
    misalignment is simply mistaken – it does not correspond with
    physical reality. The second is that it can lead to grim
    psychological outcomes.”

    The transgendered person’s disorder, said
    Dr. McHugh, is in the person’s “assumption” that they are
    different than the physical reality of their body, their maleness or
    femaleness, as assigned by nature. It is a disorder similar to a
    “dangerously thin” person suffering anorexia who looks in the
    mirror and thinks they are “overweight,” said McHugh.

    This assumption, that one’s gender is only in the mind
    regardless of anatomical reality, has led some transgendered people
    to push for social acceptance and affirmation of their own subjective
    “personal truth,” said Dr. McHugh. As a result, some states –
    California, New Jersey, and Massachusetts – have passed laws
    barring psychiatrists, “even with parental permission, from
    striving to restore natural gender feelings to a transgender minor,”
    he said.

    The pro-transgender advocates do not want to know, said McHugh,
    that studies show between 70% and 80% of children who express
    transgender feelings “spontaneously lose those feelings” over
    time. Also, for those who had sexual reassignment surgery, most said
    they were “satisfied” with the operation “but their subsequent
    psycho-social adjustments were no better than those who didn’t have
    the surgery.”

    Pro-transgender activists. The Obama administration announced in
    May that Medicare will now cover transgender surgical procedures.
    (AP)

    “And so at Hopkins we stopped doing sex-reassignment surgery,
    since producing a ‘satisfied’ but still troubled patient seemed
    an inadequate reason for surgically amputating normal organs,” said
    Dr. McHugh.

    The former Johns Hopkins chief of psychiatry also warned against
    enabling or encouraging certain subgroups of the transgendered, such
    as young people “susceptible to suggestion from ‘everything is
    normal’ sex education,” and the schools’ “diversity
    counselors” who, like “cult leaders,” may “encourage these
    young people to distance themselves from their families and offer
    advice on rebutting arguments against having transgender surgery.”

    Dr. McHugh also reported that there are “misguided doctors”
    who, working with very young children who seem to imitate the
    opposite sex, will administer “puberty-delaying hormones to render
    later sex-change surgeries less onerous – even though the drugs
    stunt the children’s growth and risk causing sterility.”

    Such action comes “close to child abuse,” said Dr. McHugh,
    given that close to 80% of those kids will “abandon their confusion
    and grow naturally into adult life if untreated ….”

    “’Sex change’ is biologically impossible,” said McHugh.
    “People who undergo sex-reassignment surgery do not change from men
    to women or vice versa. Rather, they become feminized men or
    masculinized women. Claiming that this is civil-rights matter and
    encouraging surgical intervention is in reality to collaborate with
    and promote a mental disorder.”

  • Thomas Goss says:

    NOT ONLY SHOULD THERE NOT BE ANY TRANSGENDERS IN OUR MILITARY, THERE SHOULD NOT BE ANY TRANSGENDERS ANYWHERE IN THE WORLD, THESE PERVERTS SHOULD ALL BE EXTERMINATED.

  • McFerguson says:

    Excellent move Mr. President. The DOD currently renders those with pre-existing medical conditions, like osteomyelitis for example, or flat feet for Navy people, as unfit for duty because of the potential future medical costs for treatment. Transgenderism is a pre-existing psychological condition where costs for treatment, and possible re-assignment surgery, are astronomical and should not be borne by the DOD, but rather by the patient, whose condition should render him unfit for duty. Those on duty now should be continued in service until such time as their existing commitment expires. And the military should not be required to pay for any future hormone therapy, psychiatric treatment, or to reverse prior surgeries at Veterans Hospitals. That’s my take…

  • tom cook says:

    Purge these freaks: there is no such thing as transgender–just severe psychological disease in these individuals who have their genitals removed to let them think they are women, or have little nonfunctional projections created by surgery(a majority of which die as they are flaps) to give them the feeling of being a male. They are still the sex of their birth. They are sick and do not belong in our fighting forces.

    1. dmttbt says:

      You are correct on get them out of the military but I think you could do with a little education on what causes someone to become a transgender person. It is not a joke or an assignment from God or any of the bull s hit you are trying to claim. I can tell by your narrow view that you have to be a Christian and you have your faith because you are blind to the truth.

  • Norman Fox says:

    I am with the president on this. Lets see why. Reason: Want to change your sex and do not have the money, then join the military our tax dollars will give you a free ride to change sex,medical, bunk, three meals, lots of time off to heal and get paid to boot. You can get out of duty time by using the medical system. Neat HUH. As to active field work and yes know that there are some weaklings in service (actual men) it would scare me if a tranie was suppose to be watching my back. WAR IS NOT A SOCIAL GAME. PEOPLE GET KILLED AND MAIMED. I DAMN SURE WOULD NOT WANT TO TAKE A CHANCE ON THAT PERSON WHO IS ON SEX CHANGE DRUGS TO WATCH MY BACK

    1. Bob says:

      Did you realize that retired military personnel pay for their health care and for their families, including those who promised free health care for life if you served 20 years when they entered the service? Did you know that the service members pay for the Dental Insurance for their families, including Active Duty members, and they are not eligible for care at Military dental Clinics except for those overseas, even though this care has been a “selling point” for recruiters for years? Far cry from the “free health care” that libbies complain about us getting.

      1. Norman Fox says:

        Yes I know this, as was military connected. My parents were charged $7,50 as they were on reservation and I was born on base. And this was not long after my mother stood on a hill Dec 7 1941 and watched Pearl Harbor get bombed. My father sailed in hours after ward. But now military personal are charged. Can you imagine the horror stories of Korea, Nam and now? But these trannies get free medical and sex changes. Not to mention the freebies politicians get in that department. This is just one area we should be yelling the loudest. NOT about some statute

        1. Retired says:

          It is still cheaper than private insurance . Plus those that are on SS are well taken care of except for the Cheap drugs .

      2. Retired says:

        And who are the Criminals that took those promises away ??? Since the ACA [ OBOZO CARE ] there has been a decline in the medical, mainly the Drug plan . I have had 3 drugs denied and others changed and when asking the Dr. about it they know nothing about it . Plus they do not notify you as to the change . about 3 weeks later I receive a letter stating the denial. Dental pays very little coverage plus they will not pay for work on the same tooth until after 2 years of the previous work . That Is TRICARE for life ,starting to be like the VA except you can go to your Dr. of your choice . The drugs are the cheapest of cheap . Try getting brand name drugs sometime even if the generics do nothing for you thanks to the pile of paper work involved .

  • Tim Nordlinger says:

    The United States military does NOT need transgender soldiers in any way, shape, or form. If God made you a man , He , yes I said HE, did not make a
    mistake !

    1. Frank629 says:

      to Norman and Tim thanks for the great posts.

    2. Rodzzz says:

      There are only two genders. Man (He) Woman (She)..No other.

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