Secretary of Defence Lloyd Austin has ordered a 60-day hold on all actions undertaken in accordance with the previous administration’s military trans ban, as first reported by the Federal News Network.
Austin issued a memo on January 29, 2021 making it clear that all activities restricting transgender people from serving in the military will be put on pause until the Pentagon can untangle the policies put into place by the Trump administration restricting those people from participating.
Until then, the old memo restricting transgender people from serving, which was put in place under former Defense Secretary Jim Mattis, shall not be used unless an action is personally approved by the undersecretary of Defense for personnel and readiness in conjunction with the DoD general counsel.
“Adverse personnel include all administrative separations, denial of accession or reenlistment, disability evaluation or petition to serve in one’s preferred gender,” the author of the memo states.
On Jan. 25, President Joe Biden signed an executive order reversing Trump’s ban on transgender people in the military.
“All Americans who are qualified to serve in the armed forces of the United States should be eligible to serve,” Austin’s memo states. “All transgender individuals who wish to serve in the U.S. military and can meet the appropriate standards shall be able to do so openly and free from discrimination.”
Some transgender soldiers and those who want to serve were still uneasy even after Austin’s Senate confirmation. Who could blame them after four years of Trump? Hopefully, this will ease their minds.
The Palm Center, along with the former director of health and safety for the Coast Guard Alan Steinman, released a detailed memo on how the Pentagon can easily restore an inclusive transgender policy.
That memo states there is no need for DoD to redevelop guidance or redraft language because “everything needed already exists in current military guidance and remains a part of current military practice.”
The Palm Center memo states Trump’s ban could be completely reversed within 30 days.
Fair enough but unfortunately, it won”t be that easy. Austin had to first purge the military top brass of trump’s fascist co-conspirators. As reported by The Business Standard:
Defense Secretary Lloyd Austin has ordered hundreds of Pentagon advisory board members to resign this month as part of a broad review of the panels, essentially purging several dozen who were appointed last-minute under the Trump administration.
During the last two months of his tenure, former acting Defense Secretary Christopher Miller removed a number of longtime members from several defence policy, health, science and business boards and replaced many with loyalists of former President Donald Trump. More than 30 of those replacements will now be forced to resign, including former GOP House Speaker Newt Gingrich, retired Brig. Gen. Anthony Tata and former Trump campaign manager Corey Lewandowski.
“I am directing the immediate suspension of all advisory committee operations until the review is completed unless otherwise directed by myself or the deputy secretary of defense,” Austin said in a memo released Tuesday. And he ordered all committee members who were appointed by the defense secretary to resign no later than February 16,” said Secretary of Defence Lloyd Austin.