The U.S. Naval Academy has announced that it will not take any students who claim to be transgender starting with the 2020 school year.
The Academy said it is moving to comply with the Trump administration’s move to ban transgender soldiers, The Hill reported.
The announcement also comes on the heels of multiple lawsuits were filed against the Trump administration after its policy moves banning transgender soldiers.
Any transgender soldiers already enrolled will be allowed to complete schooling, the Academy said.
“Our understanding is that the policy will go into effect for those students applying to enter the Naval Academy in 2020, beginning with the Class of 2024,” a Naval Academy spokesperson said in a statement.
The new policy would ban transgenders from serving in the military under their supposedly “chosen” sexual identity. It does not ban transgender soldiers from serving if they choose to serve under their actual, biological gender.
“I would reiterate that the department will continue to treat all individuals with dignity and respect, and every service member is able to express their gender identity,” Defense Department spokeswoman Jessica Maxwell said. “DOD will take no action solely based on gender identity.”
The Obama administration lifted the ban that had always been in place before that in 2016 and since that time transgenders have openly served in the armed forces as their “chosen” sexual identity.
A recent Defense Department report noted that the exact number of soldiers who claim to be transgender is not exactly known. But the report estimated that between 2,150 and 10,790 soldiers with some form of sexual identity crisis may be currently serving. This is far below the activists claim that 15,000 transgenders are openly serving in the armed forces.
A separate study by UCLA found that out of the 1.3 million members of the armed forces, maybe up to 6,630 are transgender.
The study also claimed there were a minimum of 2,150. Again, this is way less than the 15,000 figure bandied about by transgender activists.
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