SAN FRANCISCO, CA – As the Pentagon weighs whether to instituteon transgender service during a time of grave troop shortfalls, a group of lawmakers in the Senate and House today introduced bipartisan legislation to ensure that qualified Americans can serve. Sens. Kirsten Gillibrand (D-NY), Jack Reed (D-RI), and Susan Collins (R-ME) are original co-sponsors in the Senate, while Rep. Jackie Speier (D-CA) is joined in the House by original co-sponsors John Katko (R-NY), Susan Davis (D-CA), Anthony Brown (D-MD), and Joe Kennedy (D-MA).
The bill comes one day after a newof substantial shortfalls in military personnel, including those with “critical skills,” with officials from the Army saying “the primary reason why it has struggled to meet its authorized end strength is because it has had difficulty meeting recruiting goals.”
Aaron Belkin, director of the Palm Center, made the following comment:
“A shortage of qualified, mission-critical troops is no time to ban qualified, mission-critical troops and recruits who are eager to serve. By implementing the ban, the Pentagon would be shooting itself in the foot for no reason other than Trump-era politics.”
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Two recent polls, byand , found that 70% of respondents favor allowing transgender Americans to serve in the military. Top military officials of letting qualified transgender troops serve, including the chiefs of all the military service branches and, just this week, the . Many such troops are on the Palm Center website. today editorialized against the Trump ban again, arguing that it hurts our military and those who serve our country.