It remains unclear whether the directive will allow current transgender servicemen and women to continue to serve. The directive forbids government spending on gender reassignment surgeries, except in instances where stopping an ongoing transition would put the health of the individual at risk.
Recent studies have shown that the surgeries would account for a 0.04–0.13 percent increase in the military's health budget. That's $2.4–8.4 million a year, which doesn't seem like much.
Eleven personal trips this year by Trump to Mar-A-Lago: $29 million— Michael Skolnik (@MichaelSkolnik) August 25, 2017
Medical services for transgender people in the military: $8.4 million
That's only mar-a-Lago!!! There's also all his other clubs and hotels. He's such a leech— JeffreyJ (@sarah_n_c3) August 26, 2017
I would much rather serve next to a trans person than a guy with an erection lasting longer than 4 hours...must make it difficult to run— Independent Woman (@Chayes1025) August 26, 2017
When it's debatable whether or not this is the most disgusting thing he's done today, the other thing HAS to be a doozy.— The Blk Man of Steel (@SupermanHopkins) August 26, 2017