Donald Trump’s administration has until 12 April to enforce its trans troops ban.
US reporters obtained a leaked memo yesterday (12 March) outlining how the administration will enforce the ban.
The military will discharge or deny enlistment to any trans troops.
Moreover, or those who are undergoing hormone therapy or other gender-confirmation procedures, the Associated Press reported.
Within 30 days
Military services must implement the new policy in 30 days, or 12 April.
The will give ‘some individuals a short window of time to qualify for gender transition if needed,’ the memo read.
‘And it allows service secretaries to waive the policy on a case-by-case basis.’
The US military will discharge trans service members ‘unable or unwilling to adhere to all applicable standards, including the standards associated with his or her biological sex, or seeks transition to another gender.’
Deputy defence secretary David Norquist signed the memo.
GLAAD Chief programs officer Zeke Stokes said: ‘We will not stop fighting until every brave transgender patriot who wants to serve this country in uniform is able to do so free from discrimination.’
Tracking the trans troops ban
While Trump first instituted the ban in 2017, he received widespread backlash to his decision.
A month after that, he issued a memorandum declaring the end of trans service at the start of 2018.
Trump issued a new policy in March 2018, a more watered-down version of his initial expansive plan.
His efforts to reverse the Obama’s administration’s pro-trans policies was subject to four court challenges.
However, last week the US Supreme court struck down all four injunctions. Lifting blocks on the ban.