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Retired Military Officers Blast Trump's Transgender Ban As A 'Troubling Move Backward'

Retired Military Officers Blast Trump's Transgender Ban As A 'Troubling Move Backward'
Updated 2 months ago

Twenty-six retired military officers oppose President Trump's latest ban on transgender people serving in the military.

They wrote in their statement:

The administration’s announcement on the treatment of transgender service members is a troubling move backward. There is simply no reason to single out brave transgender Americans who can meet military standards and deny them the ability to serve.

And Twitter users largely agreed:

Trump's Friday memo detailed the new ban, which is not yet in effect. It will prevent most transgender people from serving in the military with very few extenuating exceptions. Many argue the ban mirrors "Don't Ask, Don't Tell." 

The military retirees addressed this in their statement. They said:

Many of us personally experienced the belated removal of "Don't Ask, Don't Tell" and faced firsthand how that mistaken policy set back our force and enabled discrimination against patriotic gay and lesbian Americans. We learned a clear lesson: the singling out of one group of service members for unequal treatment harms military readiness, while inclusion supports it.

Some commenters were dumbfounded:

Others cut right to the heart of the matter: 

Trump received five deferments during the Vietnam War. Four were for education, but once he graduated college and became eligible for the draft he was diagnosed with bone spurs, which resulted in a medical deferment.  

Some Twitter users took the opportunity to point this out:

There's one easy solution, if it were only that simple:

The statement included signatures from the following notable officers: 

Retired Vice Adm. Donald Arthur, former surgeon general of the Navy; retired Vice Adm. Kevin Green, former deputy chief of naval operations for operations, plans and policy; retired Lt. Gen. Arlen Jameson, former deputy commander in chief of U.S. Strategic Command; and retired Lt. Gen. Claudia Kennedy, the first Army women to achieve a three-star rank and a former Army deputy chief of staff for intelligence.