Congressman Tim Ryan Statement on Delay for Transgender Enlistment in the U.S. Military

Jul 6, 2017

Washington, DC – Congressman Tim Ryan made the following statement in response to the United States Department of Defense announced delay for transgender Americans enlistment in the U.S. military.  

“I am deeply disappointed by the Trump Administration’s decision to delay implementing the planned policy to allow transgender Americans to join the United States military. As we face growing threats in North Korea, ISIS and other actors around the world, it is more imperative than ever that we are recruiting the best and brightest Americans to defend our nation. Yet the Trump Administration’s blatantly political and discriminatory decision arbitrarily reduces our pool of applicants. This is a non-issue being made into an issue to score cheap political points rather than address legitimate national security concerns. 

“There are already thousands of transgender servicemembers proudly serving openly in our military today; more than 134,000 of our retired Veterans are transgender. Since President Obama repealed the antiquated and discriminatory requirement for these patriots to serve in silence, we have only seen positive impacts on the strength of our Armed Forces and their readiness to protect our country. As a member of the Defense Appropriations Committee, I know we can do this. I know we are doing this. I know we must do this.”