UK military chiefs praise transgender troops – BBC News

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Commanders from British armed forces possess opposed any ban on transgender people serving in the military.

It comes after Donald Trump said that transgender people would not end up being allowed in the US military due to “tremendous” medical costs and disruption.

But British officials possess supported people serving in the Military, Royal Navy and Royal Atmosphere Force.

Leader of UK Maritime Forces Back Admiral Alex Burton tweeted : “I am so glad we are not really going this way. ”

The Obama administration decided last year to permit transgender people to serve openly in america military.

But in 06, Defence Secretary James Mattis decided to a six-month delay in the recruitment of transgender people.

Now President Trump has submitted a series of tweets stating: “After consultation with my generals and military experts, please be recommended that the United States government will not take or allow transgender individuals in order to serve in any capacity in the US army.

“Our military should be focused on decisive and overwhelming success and cannot be burdened with the incredible medical costs and disruption that will transgender in the military would involve. ”

‘Bringing diversity’

In response, Back Admiral Burton of the Royal Navy blue tweeted: “As a Royal Navy blue LGBT champion and senior warfighter I am so glad we are not heading this way. ”

Plus Second Sea Lord Vice Admiral Jonathan Woodcock tweeted : “So happy with our transgender personnel. They provide diversity to our Royal Navy and am will always support their desire to function their country.

“I suspect many who doubt the talents of our diverse service personnel may be more reluctant to serve compared to they are to comment. ”

In February, the Army’s LGBT champion, Lieutenant General Tanker Sanders said: “Only if people are free to be themselves can we all release the genie of their possible. ”

Image caption The Homes of Parliament were lit plan the rainbow flag during this year’s LGBT Pride celebrations

Each of Britain’s military welcomes transgender people to serve.

The Ministry associated with Defence told the BBC that will President Trump’s tweets were “an American issue”.

The spokesman added: “We are very clear that all LGBT members of our military play a vital role in keeping our country safe. We will continue to welcome individuals from a diverse range of backgrounds, which includes transgender personnel. ”

BBC defence correspondent Jonathan Beale said the MoD would not give the number of transgender people serving within the British military, but that one resource had told him there were less than 10.