Posted on April 12, 2019
It comes in response to demands for a ban which were first made by President Donald Trump nearly two years ago. Under the new rules, transgender service personnel must serve under their biological sex, rather than the gender they identify with and must wear the uniform in line with the gender listed on their birth certificate.
Personnel with gender dysphoria will no longer be allowed medical surgeries for transitioning unless they started the process before the new law came into force. Some US military officials will be given the power to waive the policy for use of showers, bathrooms and other physical standards, depending on the circumstances of each case. The new rules, however, do fall short of the total ban initially called for by President Trump in 2017.
President Trump said at the time: “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,”
Campaigners have condemned the policy as “cruel” and “irrational”.
In January, the US Supreme Court allowed the policy to go ahead while further legal challenges were heard.