I doubt Trump was being advised by anyone other than himself when he made this decision. From everyone I read today, the 4 service chiefs (the highest ranking generals and admiral of all 4 branches) had no idea this was coming nor was there any guidance on how to deal with the trans people already in. The military is a LOT of organized chaos, but this...this takes the cake and seems a bit off.
I don't get his reasoning for banning trans troops. Is he saying that they're taking hormone treatments or having elective surgeries while on or about to be on the front lines? Because that is the only thing that would make sense to me, if it's to ensure that troops aren't weakened by one of their men or women transitioning at a very bad time. But I somehow don't think transitioning is going to be at the forefront of their mind when they're trying keep themselves and their comrades alive, nor would they have the facilities. Does he mean that veterans get medical aid to fund the process after they complete their service? I can understand possibly if they were funding those surgeries over prosthetics, rehab, and therapy to save the mental health of the veterans, but I doubt that's the case.
I don't get why this is even a thing. Trump, and whoever is advising him, have really strange priorities. If someone could explain this for the non-Americans, that would be very helpful!
I really don't think the VA would cover such a procedure, and all of the hormones and whatever else goes into transitioning, it all depends on if the VA sees transitioning as something that is elective, or necessary for the health of a Veteran -- I doubt it's going to be the first of the two.
Final bit: I worked with a now trans-man back in Little Rock on the flight line, I'll just refer to him as RJ. They were a really great go-getter at the start of their transition, very hard working, and really good at what they did. During the transition, and with all the hormone therapy he started becoming extremely angry and flying off the handle at air crew, the jets, and himself, among other issues. After a short time, RJ was moved to the support section, which is not his primary job, where he was able to focus a little bit more on himself(nothing wrong with that) without having to deal with the amount of stress of working on the line. My point here is if someone is in the military, they may be moved around to multiple different jobs throughout their career, and there is nothing wrong with that. Slots in alternative jobs always need to be filled, as there are always people leaving said positions, and opening up room for someone else that needs it. Have faith that trans person can do the job until proven otherwise. If anyone is unable to do their primary job, move them to a secondary job, and maybe then, if they can't handle having a military job in any capacity at all, think about discharging them. This is the same policy that was followed when I got hurt, and I think that's the proper way to deal with it. But saying that just because someone is either going through the process, or already completed it, is inferior and incapable of doing a job is just wrong.
By the way, RJ has some serious fucking game. Before his transition, and even after, RJ was pulling some beautiful women...I was jealous! I saw him in downtown Little Rock every weekend I went out to the club!
Edit: I know I made the thoughts about RJ sound kind of negative, but like I briefly mentioned, they are a very hard working person, and gave their everything to their job.