The top brass and generals in the British Military have criticized Trump’s transgender ban, making public statements that they will stand in support of the transgender personnel.
The British military chiefs spoke only hours after Trump made a series of posts on Twitter stating that transgender personnel were to be banned in the military and will not be allowed to serve “in any capacity.”
Trump claimed on Twitter that the reason for the ban was that the military was burdened by tremendous medical costs required by the transgender personnel. He did not clarify what exactly he meant by the tremendous medical costs and how those medical costs differ from other service personnel.
British Maritime Forces Commander Rear Admiral Alex Burton responded on Twitter by saying: “As a Royal Navy LGBT champion and senior warfighter I’m so glad we are not going this way.”
“We have a justifiably rigorous selection process but it doesn’t include discrimination and we are a better fighting force for it,” he added.
Sea Lord Vice Admiral Jonathan Woodcock said he was proud of the Royal Navy’s transgender personnel.
“They bring diversity to our Royal Navy and I will always support their desire to serve their country,” he added.
Another statement which could be taken with a grain of salt and appeared to be barbed was: “I suspect many who doubt the abilities of our diverse service personnel might be reluctant to serve than to comment.”
A ministry of Defence Statement mentioned that it did not comment on “US Military recruitment policy” but highlighted that “all LGBT and members of our armed forces play a vital role in keeping our nation safe.”
“We will continue to welcome people from a diverse range of backgrounds including transgender personnel.”