Should transgender service members be banned from the military?
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Should transgender service members be banned from the military?

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After President Trump signed a directive banning transgender individuals from serving in the military, a federal court struck down the controversial policy. Many LGBT advocates and military leaders believe the ban is discriminatory and transgender individuals should be free to serve their country. But President Trump and White House officials argue transgender service members impede deployability and burden the military with "tremendous medical costs." What do you think? 

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In August, President Trump signed a directive banning transgender individuals from serving in the military:

By the authority vested in me as President and as Commander in Chief of the Armed Forces of the United States [...] I am directing the Secretary of Defense, and the Secretary of Homeland Security with respect to the U.S. Coast Guard, to return to the longstanding policy and practice on military service by transgender individuals that was in place prior to June 2016 until such time as a sufficient basis exists upon which to conclude that terminating that policy.

A federal court has now partially blocked the controversial policy, but did not "block the ban on funds for gender reassignment surgery."

The Trump administration defended its ban on the basis of deployability and cost, but LGBT advocates argue the ban is discriminatory and there is no evidence transgender service members burden the U.S. military.

The National Center for Transgender Equality specifically called out the hypocrisy of President Trump's ban after declaring the military was "no place for bigotry" earlier that same week.

“Less than 24 hours after boasting that there was ‘no room for prejudice, no place for bigotry’ in the armed forces, President Trump is doubling down on discrimination by pressing forward with his ban on transgender service members. This is an insult to, and an attack on, thousands of trained, capable service members and veterans; and it is blatantly unconstitutional. Transgender service members do their jobs, serving the country they love, and are no less able to serve and deploy than anyone else.”

Supporters of the transgender ban say the military is no place for social experimentation and the politically correct policies thrust upon them by the Obama administration had an adverse effect on the military's ability to execute operations. This is not about being fair, it's about winning wars. People's lives are at stake, and no one can afford to defer to the P.C. police in a theater of war.

The Obama policy decision eliminating the previous ban on transgender service has resulted in considerable additional time, effort and expense in dealing with their integration, treatment and special needs that the services can ill afford and which is far out of proportion to their relatively small percentage of the population.

Many conservatives have defended Trump's transgender ban, claiming the military is no place for political correctness.

Others have emphasized the deployability of transgender troops in combat and whether or not they are fit to serve.

And some are concerned that courts are over-stepping their authority.

But many stand in solidarity with transgender individuals, defending their right to serve their country.

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