Presiding Bishop hits out at President Trump's transgender ban

When asked about the impact on military capabilities, 14 per cent said prohibiting transgender service members made the military "more capable" while 43 per cent said "no impact", 22 per cent said "less capable" and the rest said they don't know. "I have met many transgender Americans over the years who have served or are now serving our country in the military", she wrote. Those who identified themselves as Democrats were predominately in favor of transgender people serving, with 83 percent in favor.

Dunford sent a memo Wednesday to the service chiefs informing them that there will be "no modifications to the current policy until the President's direction has been received by the Secretary of Defense and the Secretary has issued implementation guidelines". "The decision to oust honorable, well-trained, and patriotic service members based on nothing more than their gender identity is undiluted discrimination and therefore indefensible". More than half of that groups said the policy change had a very negative effect on military morale.

Mr McCain also stated that this was "yet another example of why major policy announcements should not be made via Twitter".

Trump's statement served a blow to transgender rights and the move towards equality. But the requirements were crystal clear: If soldiers were going to need continuing medical attention to treat their condition or if there was a question about whether they would be able to serve in the harshest of battlefield conditions, they were not allowed to join.

"If you can enforce a discriminatory ban against what America likes to idealize as the pinnacle of being an American, what does that mean for the regular Joe?" he wrote.

Trump's announcement was reportedly a response to ongoing feuding over funding for a wall along the U.S. -Mexico border, among other campaign promises.

Together, the Dunford and Goldfein notes illustrate that military leaders did not equate Trump's tweets with legal orders.

As a black transgender man who considered military service, Trump's tweets appalled and astonished me.

Almost a week after President Donald Trump tweeted that transgender people will no longer be able to serve in the US military "in any capacity", the Defense Department has not received an official directive on the policy change and has not taken action. Nearly half - 47 percent - believed the policy change would have little effect on their own unit's military readiness.

Over 28,000 people have signed our Care2 petition calling on Trump to reverse his unworkable and unethical ban on trans service members. I firmly believe that serving in the military is not a choice the government should make, and we should allow anyone who wants to serve to do so as long as they can meet the physical requirements. "The United States Armed Forces have always been associated with honor, dignity, and respect in the fight to advance equality and justice at home and overseas". But neither Carter nor President Barack Obama ever articulated how the new policy would affect military readiness.

  • Joey Payne