Defense Secretary Mattis delays letting transgender people into the armed services by six months to evaluate how the policy change will impact the military’s ‘readiness’ and ‘lethality’

Saturday, July 1, 2017
By Paul Martin

Defense Secretary Jim Mattis approved a six-month delay in allowing transgender recruits to join the US military
He said he wanted to make sure the change would not affect the ‘readiness’ or ‘lethality’ of the armed forces
Transgender people were expected to be allowed to start enlisting this year
Pentagon ended its ban on transgender people serving in the military in 2016

ANN SCHMIDT
DAILYMAIL.COM
1 July 2017

Defense Secretary Jim Mattis approved a six-month delay in allowing transgender recruits to join the US armed forces to make sure the change in policy will not affect the ‘readiness’ or ‘lethality’ of the military.

Pentagon spokeswoman Dana White said in a statement on Friday that Mattis accepted a recommendation to defer transgender applicants until January 1.

In a memo obtained by the Associated Press, Mattis wrote: ‘After consulting with the service chiefs and secretaries, I have determined that it is necessary to defer the start of accessions for six months.

‘We will use this additional time to evaluate more carefully the impact of such accessions on readiness and lethality.’

Last week military service leaders rejected Army and Air Force requests for a two-year wait, AP reported.

According to the outlet, Mattis’ memo is in agreement with their plan which showed their concern that a longer delay would cause criticism.

The Pentagon ended its ban on openly transgender people serving in the US military in 2016 under the Barack Obama administration, so many transgender people who had already been serving in the military were able to be openly transgender.

However, new recruits were not allowed to enlist.

The Pentagon was expected to start allowing new transgender recruits to begin enlisting this year, provided they had been ‘stable’ in their preferred gender for 18 months.

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