In a statement from the White House, press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders responded to the military’s memo about allowing transgender service members to serve.
“Today, the President rescinded his previous memorandum on transgender service in the military in order to allow Secretary Mattis to implement a new policy developed through extensive study by senior uniformed and civilian leaders, including combat veterans,” Sanders said in a statement.
“The experts’ study sets forth a policy to enhance our military’s readiness, lethality, and effectiveness,” the statement continued. “On the advice of these experts, the Secretary of Defense and the Secretary of Homeland Security have concluded that the accession or retention of individuals with a history or diagnosis of gender dysphoria—those who may require substantial medical treatment, including through medical drugs or surgery—presents considerable risk to military effectiveness and lethality.”
The statement went on to read that the new policy will continue to “enable the military to apply well-established mental and physical health standards—including those regarding the use of medical drugs—equally to all individuals who want to join and fight for the best military force the world has ever seen.”
The medical diagnosis of “gender dysphoria,” however, does not necessarily apply to transgender individuals. This statement seems to indicate anyone diagnosed with “gender dysphoria” would be discharged from the military rather than giving hormone treatments as is the policy today. The military also provides hormone treatments for fertility.
It is unclear if the White House is now declaring “gender dysphoria” a psychological defect.