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Biden lifts the ban on transgender troops

January 25, 2021

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president Joseph R. Biden Jr. on Jan. 25 issued an executive order allowing transgender men and women to return to service in the military.

The executive order repeals an order of the President Donald J. Trump, who announced in 2017 that transgender troops would be banned from military service. The ban on transgender troops has been criticized by national medical groups including the ACP and the HIV Medicine Association.

AMA welcomed President Joseph R. Biden Jr.’s January 25 order to allow transgender men and women to return to service in the military. Photo source: Adobe Stock

Trump cited “enormous medical costs and disruptions that transgender people would bring in the military” as justification. According to Biden’s Executive Order, however, a study from 2016 came to a different conclusion.

“There is substantial evidence that admitting transgender people to the military does not have a significant negative impact on the armed forces,” the new executive order states. “A meticulous, comprehensive study requested by the Department of Defense found that being able to openly serve transgender people in the US military would have minimal impact on military readiness and health care costs.”

The authors of the 2016 study also concluded that open transgender service had no significant impact on the “operational effectiveness or cohesion of units in foreign military”.

In executive order, Biden said his decision to lift the ban was also backed up by a statement from a group of former surgeon generals who said in 2018 that “transgender troops are as medically fit as their non-transgender counterparts and that it is There is no medically valid reason, including a diagnosis of gender dysphoria, to exclude them from military service or restrict their access to medically necessary care. ”

The AMA applauded Biden’s Executive Order.

Susan R. Bailey

“The AMA welcomes the president’s decision to reverse the policy that has largely excluded transgender people from serving in the military because there is no medically valid reason to exclude them.” Susan R. Bailey, MD, AMA President said in a statement. “Transgender people have served our country with honor and should be allowed to continue to do so. Ending these discriminatory policies will benefit all patriotic Americans who wish to serve their country. ”

Reference:

AMA. AMA applauds Biden for ending the ban on transgender Americans from the military. https://www.ama-assn.org/press-center/ama-statements/ama-salutes-biden-ending-ban-transgender-americans-military. Accessed January 25, 2021.

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