Pentagon Disses Trump, Will Allow Transgender People To Enlist In Military

5 months after President Trump Twitter-banned transgender people from the US military...

The AP reports that The Pentagon will allow transgender individuals to enlist in the military as of Jan. 1.

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What rough estimates there are suggest that transgender people are overrepresented in the military. Perhaps dramatically so.

The most prominent of these estimates comes from the Williams Institute, an LGBT-focused think tank based out of UCLA. In a report from 2014, authors Gary Gates and Jody Herman estimate that approximately 15,500 transgender men and women are serving and that an additional 134,300 trans Americans are veterans. Given a national population of 700,000 (another rough estimate), this suggests that over 1-in-5 (or 21.4%) of all openly transgender Americans are in the military or have served at one point.

As we noted previously, Transgender Americans, in other words, are estimated to be twice as likely to join the military.

And it appears it will continue to be as AP reports, the Pentagon official tells The Associated Press that transgender people can enlist in the military beginning Jan. 1, despite President Donald Trump's opposition.

 The new policy reflects growing legal pressure on the issue and the difficult hurdles the federal government would have to cross to enforce Trump's demand to ban transgender individuals from the military. Two federal courts already have ruled against the ban.

 

Potential transgender recruits will have to overcome a lengthy and strict set of physical, medical and mental conditions that make it possible, though difficult, for them to join the armed services.

 

Maj. David Eastburn says the enlistment of transgender recruits will start Jan. 1 and go on amid the legal battles. The Department of Defense also is studying the issue.

As a reminder, the US military is the largest employer of transgender people.

Comments

DownWithYogaPants Killtruck Mon, 12/11/2017 - 13:38 Permalink

More like to "serve" if by serve you mean need extremely expensive medical procedures to be paid for on the Gov dime.If I was Trump I would start firing anyone who disobeyed orders and not stop until the rest got the message. If this government can't follow the results of an election then start firing till the last man.For those who can not be fired: Build a large facility on the north slope of Alaska and transfer the rest there.

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iinthesky pods Mon, 12/11/2017 - 14:36 Permalink

"Is it trannies joining the military, or is the military fucking up soldiers and making them trannies?"  I was thinking exactly the same thing! But I don't get it. What do you mean the Pentagon says no? Since when is the Pentagon the fourth branch of of Government? Oh....wait....

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Billy the Poet NEOCON1 Mon, 12/11/2017 - 16:48 Permalink

Pittsburgh hired its first transgender police officer in 2015. The priority was to make sure that the officer would be protected from the public. What is wrong with this picture? “You wouldn’t want this officer to be a target out there for the general public,” says Gary Van Horn with the Delta Foundation.http://pittsburgh.cbslocal.com/2015/10/06/pittsburgh-police-bureau-set-…

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jcaz zuuma Mon, 12/11/2017 - 13:58 Permalink

Pffft-  99.9% of these fucks will use their time in the military to sponge off the public dole for surgeries and PTSD settlements.  I have an Air Force fuck of a neighbor who did just this- served just 12 yrs, now living on $70K/yr tax-free for life, pays zero property taxes,  free healthcare and even his shithead kids get free rides in thru ANY university their retarded asses can get into-  he goes to the gym every day laughing his ass off...... This shit is out of control......

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Gorgeous zuuma Mon, 12/11/2017 - 17:58 Permalink

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In this case, the problem isn't the CIA or the Generals.  It's the Courts.  If Trump had to go to the Supreme Court to get a temporary, limited, immigration ban upheld, how much more difficult to get a complete ban on a gender identity group.  He probably realized he can't win or will expend too much political capital to win and let the Penta-goon quietly go around it.

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Ferrari NoDebt Mon, 12/11/2017 - 15:53 Permalink

I concur. I wonder how the hero, Mattis looks upon this. But the real news is that the generals are overriding, disobeying the Commander In Chief. Back when we had a military that had at least some vague desire to defend the nation, this would have been identified as disobeying orders. These days it’s a profile in courage.

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CharmingOne J S Bach Mon, 12/11/2017 - 14:09 Permalink

Right on, right on comrade Bach!I can't help but think that, given the supersonic advancement in drone technoolgy, both macro and micro, the US soldier is quickly becoming a figurehead position.It does appear to me that elements within the MIC are jonesing for some opportunity to introduce SJW issues into the military for nefarious reasons....I concur most vociferously with your statement that we live in a pathetic time...with more perilous times on the horizon.....

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shamus001 tmosley Mon, 12/11/2017 - 16:10 Permalink

Tmosley thats a f*cked up statement.  I joined at 18 and have 135 iq.  Many friends in service were smarter than I, some nukes.  I'm just as pissed about this, but don't put down the good men and women in dress blue.  It's not their fault.As for Pentagon not listening, I suggest military personnel blanket party these mofo's into resigning!  Show no ill will during the day, and beat the crap out of them at night.  STOP TRYING TO WEAKEN THIS COUNTRY YOU S*CK F*CKS!Stop trying to gender question 10 year olds and screw with their heads, stop trying to disarm the public, stop trying to push a One World Order on us, stop with the eternal warfare! Bring our boys home G'damn it! Stop with your crybaby attempts to impeach our president- GROW A SACK AND MAN UP (talking to you 3 screaming democrat senator women! u know who u are!)

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Lordflin tmosley Mon, 12/11/2017 - 17:45 Permalink

You are without a doubt a fucking idiot. The low life's in society are the gutless cowards who are afraid to serve.

I object strenuously to the manner in which the military is being used. It is run by evil men... civilians and political appointees. But as to the rank and file, as to the bulk of the officer corps, they are among the finest among us.

I served in the army during the last two years of the Nam war. I met some of the finest people I have ever known there. My son wanted to be a Navy Seal... he was an amazing young man... brave, moral, brilliant both intellectually and athletically. He wanted to give back to his world, and standing between its nations enemies and its people seemed to him the best way he could serve. Many men enter the military for exactly that reason. They are selfless, they just want to meaningfully participate, and they are willing to put their lives on the line for you, you useless shit.

Hardly these kids fault the are being poorly used. More like our fault, as we are the ones sitting back and allowing it to happpen.

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Muddy1 Agent44 Mon, 12/11/2017 - 13:36 Permalink

Whatever happened to CinC, and obeying lawfully issued orders?I can't wait until some of these generals and admirals are told to F off by the troops because they decide not to follow orders.  Kind of like that dickhead Air Force general who says he won't obeya a command to launch nukes.

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