Transgender members of the military will be allowed to re-enlist for service

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The Pentagon announced that despite President Donald Trump’s directing, which bans transgender recruits to join the military and it’s currently under review, those who already are members of the military will be allowed to re-enlist.

“Transgender service members whose term of service expires while the interim guidance is in effect, may, at the service member’s request, re-enlist under existing procedures,” said US Army Colonel Rob Manning, spokesman of the Department of Defense.

No need to worry about interrupting their treatment

Mr. Manning announced that current transgender members will be allowed to continue their service, but will also receive the medical treatment they need, as prescribed by their medical provider in accordance with the Military Health System guidance.

It’s the first time the Pentagon explicitly acknowledges this issue, after the directive issued in August by Donald Trump.

As you probably know, it left a lot of question marks, especially regarding the situation of transgender people that are already serving in the military. Shortly after, Defense Secretary James Mattis announced that a panel will be created, in order to “provide advice and recommendations on the implementation of the President’s direction.”

James Mattis also announced this Thursday that a plan to implement the directives of Donald Trump’s memorandum on transgender military service is currently under development.

Both the GOP and Democrats don’t agree with Trump’s idea

On the other side, according to CNN Politics, a bipartisan group of senators, also introduced an amendment in order to prevent the National Defense Authorization Act on Friday. This would prevent the DoD from actually removing transgender people from military service.

The legislation wants to “express a sense of Congress that individuals who are qualified and can meet the standards to serve in the military should be eligible to serve,” said Republicans John McCain of Arizona and Susan Collins of Maine, along with Democrats Kirsten Gillibrand of New York and Jack Reed of Rhode Island.