US U.S. Navy secretary says 'any patriot' should be able to serve

18:41  11 august  2017
18:41  11 august  2017 Source:   Reuters

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Jonathan b. trejo/ u . s . — The nation's new Navy secretary says he'll take direction from the Pentagon regarding President Donald Trump's call for a ban on transgender service members, but he adds that " any patriot that wants to serve and meets all the requirements should be able to serve

– The nation' s new Navy secretary says he'll take direction from the Pentagon regarding President Donald Trump' s call for a ban on transgender service members, but he adds that " any patriot that wants to serve and meets all the requirements should be able to serve in our military."

U.S. Navy Secretary Richard V. Spencer said he would follow directions from the president on transgender people in the military but believes "any patriot" should be allowed to serve.

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Spencer, speaking to reporters on Thursday on a visit to Naval Station Norfolk in Virginia, said he would abide by any policy the Pentagon provides to the armed forces on the transgender issue.

However, Spencer said he believes that, on a fundamental basis, "any patriot that wants to serve and meets all the requirements should be able to serve in our military," according to news reports.

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A congressman is championing an idea to request departing service members sign an oath not to harm themselves. Navy Secretary Says ' Any Patriot ' Should Be Able to Serve . 3, 2017. ( U . S . Navy photo/Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Jonathan B. Trejo).

(AP) — The nation' s new Navy secretary says he'll take direction from the Pentagon regarding President Donald Trump' s call for a ban on transgender service members, but he adds that " any patriot that wants to serve and meets all the requirements should be able to serve in our military."

President Donald Trump announced on Twitter last month that he would ban transgender people from serving in the military "in any capacity," reviving a ban that had ended in 2016.

Trump's announcement created vast uncertainty for active-duty and reserve transgender service members, who say they number in the thousands. Joseph Dunford, the chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, said in a memo a day after Trump's tweet that there would be no change in policy until Defense Secretary James Mattis received an official order from the president. That order has not been issued.

A week after the announcement, the U.S. Coast Guard commandant, Admiral Paul Zukunft, offered support for transgender members of his service.

On Wednesday, five transgender members of the U.S. military, including Iraq and Afghanistan war veterans, sued Trump over the transgender ban, saying he made the announcement without consulting senior military commanders.

(Reporting by Doina Chiacu; Editing by Dan Grebler)

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