"As many as 15,000 transgender service members stand to lose their jobs", Army Staff Sergeant Patricia King, who is transgender, told ABC News this week. Jennifer Peace and Navy Petty Officer Third Class Akira Wyatt, testify about their military service before a House Armed Services Subcommittee on Military Personnel hearing on Capitol Hill in Washington.
CBS News wrote , the Supreme Court ruled that the military could enforce its policy on transgender service members after President Trump called for the ban back in a 2017 tweet, claiming the USA military "cannot be burdened with the tremendous medical costs and disruption that transgender in the military would entail".
"This is a dark day for our nation's military and the more than 13,000 courageous transgender service members who are putting their lives on the line to protect the freedoms we hold so dear".
"The Trump-Pence transgender troop ban is unsafe for both transgender people and our national security, which is why a bipartisan chorus of members of Congress, leading military experts and overwhelming majorities of Americans oppose this despicable policy".
"The [Department of Defense] regulation also instructs service secretaries to add gender dysphoria to service-specific lists of 'administratively disqualifying conditions" that DOD regulations label 'congenital or developmental defects", AMA President Barbara McAneny said in a statement. "There is a global medical consensus about the efficacy of transgender health care, including treatment for gender dysphoria".
The Defense Department said its use of the words "deficiencies" is military lingo for when an individual fails to meet standards to maintain a lethal force. It is not a reference to gender dysphoria, a condition of extreme distress from not identifying with one's biological gender, Lt. Col. Carla Gleason said.
The Supreme Court ruled that the military could enforce its policy on transgender service members after President Trump called for a blanket ban back in 2017 via tweet, claiming the USA military "cannot be burdened with the tremendous medical costs and disruption that transgender in the military would entail". "The only thing deficient is any medical science behind this decision".
A federal judge lifted the final injunction of the ban last month, allowing the Pentagon to proceed with its implementation of the new policy.
"The Trump-Pence transgender troop ban is risky for both transgender people and our national security", McBride said in a statement.
Troops like Muller, who began openly identifying as a woman in 2016, are anxious they will be discharged. The Trump administration postponed that date to January 1, 2018, before deciding to reverse the policy entirely. Under the new policy, most transgender individuals will not be allowed to serve in the military, though current service members will be grandfathered in, allowing them to serve openly.
"Here we have identified an issue that is treatable, does not keep people from deploying or anything from doing their jobs and we've told our troops that you have to choose between treatment and your job which, for many folks, their families depend on that".
The regulation prohibits anyone with gender dysphoria taking hormones or has transitioned to another gender to enlist.
According to the Pentagon, roughly 9,000 service members self-identify as transgender.
Defense officials were asked by reporters last month for the data that shows transgender individuals have a negative effect on military readiness and unit cohesion, but officials conceded that it doesn't exist because the Pentagon doesn't track transgender service members.
Perry says one of the reasons she did not re-enlist is because during the time of her service you could not be openly transgender.