Military Professors Explain Trump’s Transgender Ban

August 27, 2017
Transgender Troops Will Be Subjected to Six Forms of Mandatory Discrimination

Five current and former military professors have released a policy memo explaining President Trump’s transgender ban and clarifying mischaracterizations that have been reported in the initial round of media coverage. The military professors show that President Trump’s ban requires six forms of mandatory discrimination against transgender service members, with only limited discretion to the Secretaries of Defense and Homeland Security to provisionally retain them on a case-by-case basis

Even i​f some transgender service members are granted continuation of service despite the ban, they will serve under standards that apply only to them, in a system in which there is a presumption that they are unfit for duty, and with no assurance that their permission to remain will endure.