Top Pentagon General opposes Trump’s trans ban

Joint Chiefs Chairman Gen. Joseph Dunford. DoD photo by U.S. Navy Petty Officer 2nd Class Dominique A. Pineiro

“I believe that any individual who meets the physical and mental standards... should be afforded the opportunity to continue to serve,” said Joint Cheifs Chairman Gen. Joseph Dunford at the Senate Armed Services Committee.

Back in July, President Trump sent out a tweet announcing that transgender individuals would no longer be allowed in the military. This decision has brought out the opinions of many questioning what exactly qualifies an individual to serve.

Furthermore, several lawsuits have arisen to combat Trump’s decision. You can read more about those here.

While activist groups are speaking out about the ban, it is important to note that high officials in the military are not all okay with the ban either as evidenced in Dunford’s quote.

In addition to Dunford, the Navy secretary, Richard V. Spencer, has also spoken out against the ban.

“Any patriot that wants to serve and meets all the requirements should be able to serve in our military,” noted Spencer.

In addition, Admiral Paul Zukunft, the Commandant of the U.S. Coast Guard., has also made his opposition to Trump’s ban publicly known.

Until a decision is made, transgender individuals will not currently be forced to leave the military. Recommendations by an expert panel are expected to arrive early 2018.

Copyright The Gayly – 9/27/2017 2:29 p.m. CST