By Max Bibeau | USA
United States President Donald Trump has announced through Twitter that transgender individuals will no longer be allowed to serve in the US military, citing “tremendous medical costs and disruption” as the primary reasoning behind the decision.
This decision was released in a series of three Tweets, saying “After consultation with my Generals and military experts, please be advised that the United States Government will not accept or allow…Transgender individuals to serve in any capacity in the U.S. Military. Our military must be focused on decisive and overwhelming…victory and cannot be burdened with the tremendous medical costs and disruption that transgender in the military would entail. Thank you.”
The Tweets show a drastic shift in military policy from under the Obama administration, which opened combat roles to women, and appointed the first openly gay Army Secretary.
While President Trump has cited “tremendous costs” as one of the reasons for his decision, the facts do not seem to back up such a statement. Studies show that costs would rise only $2.4 million to $8.4 million a year, depicting a minuscule percentage of the massive military healthcare budget.
It is currently not clear what will come of the current 2,450 transgender individuals in the military.