Trump transgender-troop ban ‘refocuses’ military’s mission

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President Trump’s order banning most transgender troops from serving in the military except under “limited circumstances” refocuses the military’s mission to emphasize “readiness and unit cohesion,” contends the head of a nonpartisan legal and policy organization.

Mat Staver, founder and chairman of Liberty Counsel, noted that a Defense Department report commissioned by President Trump concludes there are substantial risks to military effectiveness and readiness regarding people who have gender dysphoria.

“The military is not a social club but rather a fine-tuned fighting machine of men and women who defend our freedom,” said Staver. “It is not a right but a privilege to serve.”

On Friday, Trump rescinded his order last year for a comprehensive ban on transgender troops, issuing a policy that will follow the recommendations of Defense Secretary Jim Mattis and allow some to serve.

Transgender people who have not transitioned to a different gender or been

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