Pentagon May Allow Some Now Serving Trans Troops To Keep Their Jobs, White House Guidance To Come Soon

The Associated Press reports:

The Pentagon expects to renew a ban on transgender individuals joining the military and to consider circumstances in which some currently serving transgender troops could remain in uniform, officials said Friday. The new approach would be based on formal guidance the Pentagon is expecting to receive soon from the White House.

The guidance, as described by an official familiar with its contents but not authorized to discuss them publicly, appears to be less rigid than the complete ban that President Donald Trump announced last month in a tweet. Trump had said the federal government “will not accept or allow” transgender individuals to serve “in any capacity” in the military.

The official said the new guidance is expected to put a stop to recruitment of transgender individuals and prohibit the use of federal funds to pay for sexual reassignment surgery. But it would give Defense Secretary Jim Mattis six months to determine circumstances in which those currently in uniform who are openly transgender might be permitted to continue serving.

  • Lazycrockett

    From what I understand even Active members lose their medication.

  • Jeffrey

    What a fucking disgrace this entire administration is.

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  • Treant

    (Rolls eyes) Lack of White House guidance through 2021, we mean.

    Look, don’t repeal DADT and then reinstate parts of it just to catch people out. It breeds resentment. You don’t want to breed resentment, it tends not to end well.

    • BudClark

      And CAN result in “fragging” of “lifers,” if memories of Vietnam serve.

  • Jean-Marc in Canada

    But, but, he’s the most pro-GLBTQ president ever…he said so. /s

    As an aside, I now offer this hilarious cartoon on twitter….have a laugh, we all need one.

    • zhera

      Hysterically funny! But: Donnie does not run.

      • Jean-Marc in Canada

        That was my only critique as well, it should have been a golf cart.

      • Palmer

        He trots, and the jiggling of the lard keeps his momentum going.

        *But only when going downhill, like his presidency.

      • prixator

        He lied that he did.

  • James
  • bambinoitaliano
    • thatotherjean

      He’s not so new any more. In fact, he’s wearing on my last few good nerves. I’ll be absolutely joyous when Orange is long gone.

  • Tempus Fuggit

    Remember, you can’t spell “magnanimous” without “animus”.

    • margaretpoa

      And you can’t spell Yiannopoulus without “anus”.

      • Judas Peckerwood

        What’s a Yiannopoulus? If I ever heard of such a thing I’ve completely forgotten it.

        • margaretpoa

          Milo Yiannopoulus.

          • Judas Peckerwood

            Sorry, if I ever heard of it I’ve forgotten it completely and forever.

          • margaretpoa

            A simple google search will tell you everything you need to know.

          • Nowhereman

            (I do believe that was snark)

          • margaretpoa

            Oh, well then I need to adjust the old snarkometer.

          • Nowhereman

            I gave up on mine. These days it was in the shop more than not.

      • Snarkaholic

        You also can’t spell it without “pus”, “no”, “yap”, and “nil.”

        • Pat

          You can’t spell “Trump” without “asshole”. Ok, I cheated.

          • Nowhereman

            Technically you’re correct as long as you remembered to carry the bum.

          • Pat

            Theoretically yes, but there probably isn’t anyone on earth who wants to carry THAT bum.

          • Nowhereman

            Thanks for the belly laugh.

  • PickyPecker

    I just can’t keep up with this adminstration. It’s the best! The greatest!

    • Judas Peckerwood

      The Three Stooges at least had a logical consistency to them, however demented, which is something the Trump Administration can’t claim.

  • margaretpoa

    I just want five minutes with Caitlyn Jenner and with Gregory Angelo.

  • Blake J Butler

    This totally flew under my radar.

    Pima county passed a ban on conversion therapy.

    • Pat

      Local elections are key, in a lot of ways.

    • Lars Littlefield

      Well, Tucson is just a den of evil progressive libtards. /s

  • Judas Peckerwood

    I’m glad to see that the Log Cabin Republicans have recanted their endorsement of Trump.

    HAHAHAHA! I really crack myself up sometimes.

  • Tawreos

    If they want to serve, let them serve!

    • thatotherjean

      Hey, if anybody, of whatever gender, is willing to risk having bullets/bombs/rockets aimed at them to keep them from being aimed at others–unless they are as nuts as the current Commander-in-Chief– I’m happy to let them do so, and I thank them very much.

  • HZ81

    This bunch of fucking traitorous chickenhawks are making it illegal for people to serve their country simply because they’re trans.

    Hell ain’t warm enough for them.

    • Pat

      or soon enough.

      • HZ81


    • Nowhereman

      They’re putting up the golden “TRUMP”sign on the 10th circle of hell as we speak. They left room for expansion as we have no idea how many rotten souls we’re dealing with here.

      • Bj Lincoln


  • another_steve

    The Supreme Court will eventually be called upon to decide this issue, presuming any of the anti-trans policy is actually implemented.

    • HZ81

      We’ll get to see the wisdom of the “conscience voter” on display as Gorsuch fucks over the LGBT community.

      • another_steve

        Gorsuch was the Mother of All Trojan Horses. The Republican Party is excellent at strategizing.

        The Democratic Party sucks at it.

        • HZ81

          Partly that, partly because some people really think they won’t go that far—and then we get actual Nazis in the White House.

        • Ninja0980

          The reality is there really was nothing that could have been done other then for Scalia to die earlier (shame he didn’t.)
          The rest of the judicial branch though…

  • Oscarlating Wildely

    This is typical asshole Trumpness but I have this lingering fear that underscores his tactic: Not only does he know what he is doing (his base continue to believe that he can do no wrong, and this is only red meat) and that he is willing to do anything to anyone that he dislikes (which his base adores) but despite his antics, *we are not seeing a large amount of dollars given to Democrats while he has already raised millions for reelection.*

    It causes one to wonder: is the Dem brand truly worse than Trump?

  • Lars Littlefield

    Well, aint’ that mighty white of them.

  • j.martindale

    So the military can fire the transgender troops at will, but if they NEED them, the Rethugs will make exceptions. These people are walking crap.

    • Nowhereman

      They’ve been that way about gay people forever, too. When we are at war, we make fine cannon fodder. In peace time–time for the witch hunts. I’m so sick of it. This is especially odious now that LGBT troops are serving openly.

      • thatotherjean

        Kipling was right (about soldiers in general, not just the gay ones):

        For it’s Tommy this, an’ Tommy that, an’ `’Chuck him out, the brute!'”
        But it’s “Saviour of ‘is country,” when the guns begin to shoot; ‘”

        Rudyard Kipling, 1892 “Tommy”

        For the youngsters, “Tommy Adkins” was the British equivalent of John Smith–a typical soldier.

  • marshlc

    It’s probably more complicated than I know, and I probably don’t really understand everything involved, but my gut reaction is to hope all of them say “Fuck you!” and quit.

    • PeterC

      Now, who is going to get to go to Iraq/ /s

  • Ninja0980

    Remember though, both parties are the same.
    Hillary surely would have done the same thing right?

  • Ken M

    That much gray in the military usually means little gets done. Orders don’t usually come with “if, or in some cases.” How long did we have Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell? Nope, no gray there.

  • SoCalGal20

    Oh. That makes it better. /s

  • djcoastermark

    Undoing the damage from the current PUS , his admin, and the repugnants is going to take years. They need to be gone ASAP before they do even more harm, although I have a feeling it’s going to get a lot worse before that happens.It is all very disheartening.

  • Pat

    This is such a cynical, shitty move for a quick “win”, and that doesn’t even begin to address Pence’s bigoted little hand or the religious whackadoos. But, this is one direction he can give knowing the military have to follow, so for a loser like him, it goes into the “win” column which is very sparse. He cares no more about these troops than he does poor immigrants who are in harm’s way tonight. He’s at Camp David eating his two scoops while others suffer.

  • Nowhereman

    Yeah–he’s really bring us all together, isn’t he? I don’t suppose he read any of the studies and research that was done before transgender people were allowed to join.

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  • andrew

    SHAME. SHAME. SHAME. on any American who participates in implementing this hate filled policy.