Looks like we're back to basics, and for now, the Pentagon is currently allowing transgender troops to re-enlist in the military.
According to a memo from Defense Secretary James Mattis to top military leaders on Friday, the Pentagon will convene a high-level panel which is to be led the Deputy Defense Secretary and the Vice Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff to determine how to enact Trump's ban on transgender military service.
Some have suggested that in allowing those who are currently serving in the United States Armed Forces to re-enlist the Trump Administration will be able to avoid future lawsuits since many if not all of them were given promises and bonuses upon signing to serve.
The left will no doubt back off a bit because their entire argument for the transgender troop ban was that it wasn't fair to those who are already serving.
Meanwhile many on the right will likely be upset, but at the same time President Trump's transgender troop ban still hasn't taken effect.
In the memorandum from James Mattis, he says that for now, transgender troops will be able to continue their service in the United States Armed Forces and receive the medical care they were promised.
Friday Senator John McCain said that he intends to support legislation which would be designed to block Trump's transgender military ban, saying that individuals who meet the qualifications for service should be allowed to do so regardless of their gender identity.
“Any member of the military who meets the medical and readiness standards should be allowed to serve, including those who are transgender," McCain said.
McCain added, “When less than one percent of Americans are volunteering to join the military, we should welcome all those who are willing and able to serve our country.”
McCain's bill is an attempt to add” protections for transgender troops in law”, effectively undermining President Trump’s efforts to kick service members out who are transgender.
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Trump had originally tweeted in July that he would ban transgender troops from serving anywhere in the U.S. military. The directive caught the Pentagon off guard as Defense officials have since struggled to explain how they will enforce the ban.
Maybe John McCain should consider that Americans aren't joining the military due a multitude of reasons, instead of trying to fill the ranks with mentally ill Americans.
One key reason Americans simply aren't enlisting is they are tired of war. We've been at war since September 11th and lost countless thousands of lives and spent tireless trillions of dollars and accomplished very little while American infrastructure is crumbling.
Another key facet would be the lack of care and proper treatment given to American Veterans once they return home, something McCain is directly at fault for, being the Republican Chairman of the Senate Armed Services Committee.
President Trump had originally directed the military to indefinitely extend the ban on transgender individuals enlisting in the service, but he left it up to Mattis to decide if those currently serving should be allowed to stay.
James Mattis has now made his decision, and at least for now those serving will be able to both stay and receive treatment as well as re-enlist.
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