Defense Secretary James Mattis has issued a directive allowing severely gender-confused people to keep serving in the military as the Pentagon works on implementing President Trump’s ban on “transgender” service.
Mattis declared that “current policy with respect to currently serving members will remain in place,” which some conservatives said defies Trump’s tweeted declaration July 25 announcing the reversal of Obama’s pro-transgender policy. It read in part: “Please be advised that the United States Government will not accept or allow transgender individuals to serve in any capacity in the U.S. Military.“
One ex-Army general, Family Research Council Executive VP Lt. Gen. (Ret.) William “Jerry” Boykin, told conservative Fox News radio talk show host Todd Starnes, “If you can’t abide by [Trump’s transgender military ban] … now would be a good time for retirement.”
Last week, the President issued formal guidance for his new policy, which overturns the 2016 pro-“transgender” order from the Obama administration, but he gave Mattis wide latitude in implementing it. The Trump directive, slated to go into effect Jan. 1, 2018, bans DoD funding for grotesque and expensive transsexual “sex reassignment” surgeries, but it leaves it up to Mattis to “determine how to address transgender individuals currently serving in the United States military.”
The following statement was issued yesterday by Mattis on implementing the new policy:
“The Department of Defense has received the Presidential Memorandum, dated August 25, 2017, entitled “Military Service by Transgender Individuals.” The department will carry out the president’s policy direction, in consultation with the Department of Homeland Security. As directed, we will develop a study and implementation plan, which will contain the steps that will promote military readiness, lethality, and unit cohesion, with due regard for budgetary constraints and consistent with applicable law. The soon arriving senior civilian leadership of DOD will play an important role in this effort. The implementation plan will address accessions of transgender individuals and transgender individuals currently serving in the United States military.
“Our focus must always be on what is best for the military’s combat effectiveness leading to victory on the battlefield. To that end, I will establish a panel of experts serving within the Departments of Defense and Homeland Security to provide advice and recommendations on the implementation of the president’s direction. Panel members will bring mature experience, most notably in combat and deployed operations, and seasoned judgment to this task. The panel will assemble and thoroughly analyze all pertinent data, quantifiable and non-quantifiable. Further information on the panel will be forthcoming.
“Once the panel reports its recommendations and following my consultation with the secretary of Homeland Security, I will provide my advice to the president concerning implementation of his policy direction. In the interim, current policy with respect to currently serving members will remain in place. I expect to issue interim guidance to the force concerning the president’s direction, including any necessary interim adjustments to procedures, to ensure the continued combat readiness of the force until our final policy on this subject is issued.”