Trump issues memo stating transgender individuals are 'disqualified' from military

President Donald Trump speaks during a cabinet meeting at the White House Thursday

President Donald Trump issued a new memo regarding transgender individuals serving in the military.

Trump, who announced the news on late Friday evening, said he was rescinding his previous memo in which he ordered the armed forces and the U.S. Coast Guard to maintain old rules to block transgender people from serving.

After the President's directive was released, Mattis in August said that transgender troops will continue to serve in the US military, pending the results of a study from experts Mattis will select who will provide advice on Trump's recent memorandum.

"The Trump-Pence administration's continued insistence on targeting our military families for discrimination is appalling, reckless, and unpatriotic", added American Military Partner Association president Ashley Broadway-Mack.

In late February, the USA military accepted its first openly transgender recruit to sign up for service since Trump's pronouncement.

"The Department of Defense concludes that there are substantial risks associated with allowing the accession and retention of individuals with a history or diagnosis of gender dysphoria and require, or have already undertaken, a course of treatment to change their gender", Secretary of Defense James Mattis said in a February memo, submitted to the court.

The ban comes as "five-time draft dodger", Trump termed transgender people a liability effecting the "lethality" of the military.

In February, he talked with Defense Secretary Jim Mattis in order to come up with a plan. The ban, however, has been blocked in several federal courts as potentially unconstitutional, and transgender recruits have been allowed to enlist since January this year.

"The new policy developed through an extensive study by senior uniformed and civilian leaders, including combat veterans", she said.

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Mattis recommended that anyone diagnosed with gender dysphoria, the condition of wanting to transition gender, since the Obama administration ended the Pentagon's longtime ban on transgender service in 2016 may continue to serve.

It was unclear what Trump's decision will mean for that unnamed recruit and the estimated thousands of other transgender Americans now serving active duty in the military.

The Democratic National Committee criticised the move as an insult to transgender service members.

"This policy is not based on an evaluation of new evidence".

Civil rights advocates said while some transgender service members might be permitted to continue to serve under the announced policy, the exceptions seemed unclear and the policy was likely to foster a hostile climate for those who seek to continue to serve.

The Justice Department filed a copy of Mattis' recommendations in at least one of those legal battles Friday.

California Attorney General Xavier Becerra said his State will take every measure available to prevent Trump's discriminatory action that harms or marginalizes transgender service members or any other transgender Americans who wish to courageously defend the nation.

Opponents, some of whom had been fighting the administration in court, quickly responded to Trump's latest statement.

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