Don't miss




2018-07-13 21:47 EYE ON AFRICA

Read more


Trump rocks the boat in UK

Read more


World Cup Grand finale; Donald Trump blindsides Theresa May; Erdogan's family business

Read more


Ooh la la: Love and dating in France

Read more


Tom Cruise and 'Mission Impossible: Fallout' bring espionage franchise to Paris

Read more


How sports therapy is helping wounded Syrians

Read more


Portugal: Eucalyptus trees under fire

Read more


Central African Republic: The way of the warlord

Read more

#TECH 24

Is the future of film interactive?

Read more


US military allows transgender recruits to enlist

© Jewel Samad, AFP | Protester displaying a placard during a demonstration against US President Donald Trump, in front of the US Army career centre in Times Square, New York, July 26, 2017.


Latest update : 2018-01-03

Transgender individuals wishing to enlist in the US military are now free to openly do so, despite efforts by President Donald Trump to bar transgender personnel from serving “in any capacity.”

As of January 1, the Pentagon is allowing transgender people to sign up, providing they meet certain medical criteria.

The milestone is the latest in a string of setbacks for Trump’s ban, which he announced via Twitter last July, citing “tremendous” medical costs and disruption to the military.

Lawsuits playing out in four federal courts have resulted in rulings against the ban, putting its implementation on hold with judges saying it is likely unconstitutional.

Under a new policy first announced when Barack Obama was in power, the Pentagon was supposed to start accepting transgender recruits on July 1, 2017 but Secretary of Defense Jim Mattis pushed that back by six months to January 1, pending further review.

Last week, the Department of Justice said it would not ask the Supreme Court to prevent transgender people from entering the military, meaning the January 1 date went into effect.

“As mandated by court order, the Department of Defense is prepared to begin accessing transgender applicants for military service January 1, and all applicants must meet all current accession standards,” Pentagon spokesman Major Dave Eastburn said.

All transgender recruits who have had gender reassignment surgery must have a doctor sign off that at least 18 months has elapsed since the date of the most recent surgery and that no additional surgeries are required.

Additionally, trans applicants must have “been stable in the preferred gender for 18 months,” the Pentagon said.


“This is a victory for our country and all of the brave men and women who are transgender, and are ready, willing, and able to serve,” said Joshua Block, an attorney with the American Civil Liberties Union.

On June 30, 2016, Obama’s defense secretary Ash Carter said the military could no longer discharge or deny re-enlistment to troops based solely on their gender identity.

This meant transgender troops who were encouraged to come out under one administration suddenly faced getting booted under another.

But federal courts quickly ruled against such a move, saying the status quo should remain in effect.

Judges have also ruled against other aspects of Trump’s ban, including that the military should continue to provide gender transition-related medical treatment for now.

A Pentagon panel of military and civilian experts is currently looking at the transgender issue and is expected to provide a new recommendation to Trump by the end of February.


Date created : 2018-01-03

  • United States

    US court blocks Trump's military transgender ban

    Read more

  • USA

    Retired military officers slam Trump's proposed transgender ban

    Read more

  • USA

    Trump's transgender military ban sparks LGBT outrage

    Read more