As military services await guidance following President Donald Trump's announcement last week via Twitter of a ban on transgender service members, the commandant of the Coast Guard is speaking out, saying he has no intention of leaving transgender Coast Guardsmen out in the cold. Out of 88,800 under Zukunft's command, 0.00015 of a percent say they are transgender, approximately one out of 7,000.
Miller is a 27-year-old Coast Member service member and a trans woman. "We have made an investment in you, and you have made an investment in the Coast Guard, and I will not break faith, '" he added.
"Now if you read that story, Taylor's family has disowned her", he continued.
This development aligns the Coast Guard with other United States military branches, including the Army and Navy.
The military's current transgender policy will remain in effect until the White House sends an official directive. 'I told Taylor, "I will not turn my back".
Adm. Zukunft said that after Trump's announcement he also reached out to the former of secretary of homeland security, John Kelly, who was formally installed Monday as the president's new chief of staff.
The Coast Guard falls under the DHS, not the DOD.
On July 26, the President announced the transgender ban in a series of messages via Twitter, writing: 'The United States Government will not accept or allow transgender individuals to serve in any capacity in the U.S. Military'. Gen. Joe Dunford (USMC), the chairman of the Joint Chiefs of staff, told the services in a memo that there would be no modifications to policy "until the President's direction has been received by the Secretary of Defense". While the massive response against Trump's policy wishes is temporary, however, that didn't stop the head of the U.S. Coast Guard from coming out against the policy in remarks given on Tuesday.
In the said letter, the signatories asked that transgender people should not be "dismissed, deprived of medically necessary health care, or forced to compromise their integrity or hide their identity" while serving in the military.
Defense Secretary Jim Mattis was notified by Kelly about the issue shortly thereafter. "Admiral Mullen urged civilian leaders 'to respect the military's judgment and not to breach the faith of service members who defend our freedoms.' We could not agree more", the statement concludes.
"We stood up a tiger team of our JAG officers", Zukunft said, referring to the branch's legal wing. "And so that is the commitment to our people right now - very small numbers, but all of them are doing very meaningful Coast Guard work today".