Just last week, when asked about the transgender issue at a Senate hearing, Gen. Paul Selva, vice chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, said, "I am an advocate of every qualified person who can meet the physical standards to serve in our uniformed services to be able to do so". It remains unclear if the White House can unilaterally make this move without consultation from the military secretaries, but the ACLU is getting ready just in case.
"We had several questions for the Office of the Secretary of Defense", he went on, "seeking clarification on aspects of the policy that have not been addressed yet". "I can't think of something more disrespectful, more outrageous", she told CNN.
Rep. Dan Kildee, D-Michigan, the vice chair of the congressional LGBT caucus, called Trump's decision a "slap in the face to the thousands of transgender Americans already serving in the military" and said it "undermines our military's readiness".
The Irish Defence Forces doesn't have any official numbers of how many troops are transgender, if any, as it does not record statistical data relating to sensitive private information.
Trio Michael, who spoke at the rally, served in the Marine Corp for five years.
"I don't think any good can come out of discriminating against our fearless servicemen and women", said Shinn, a transgender woman who retired from the Marines in 2014 after serving in Iraq as an infantry platoon sergeant in Fallujah and as a judge advocate.
Republican Steve Russell said Trump's decision is understandable given the mounting concern among members of Congress over the amount of money the Pentagon is required to spend on gender transition surgeries and hormone therapy.
It was reported in 2014 that almost two thirds of military-age us citizens are unable to serve because of physical, emotional, legal or educational barriers.
"I think back to my days in the military and wonder how it would work", Inhofe, an Army veteran, said of the intensely close living and working quarters that service members inhabit.
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