Conservatives activists have launched a campaign to persuade Defense Secretary James Mattis to reverse the directive last year under Obama that allows transgender troops to remain in the military.
This is a distraction from the purpose of the military. The US Armed Forces are not a haven for people in need of attention by becoming different genders and trying to push fringe sexual hobbies.
Apparently, the Army is now holding mandatory transgender sensitivity training for officers, non-commissioned officers and civilians.
It is reported by retired U.S. Army Master Sergeant Dale Comstock that the Army will fly in to extract soldiers in the midst of a war zone who are due for their “transgender training.” This can immediately give away the other’s position to the enemy—unnecessarily endangering their lives.
“We are a close-knit group. But now you throw this transgender thing into the mix. And soldiers are going to worry about offending others instead of just doing their jobs,” said Comstock.
We hope the President and Gen. Mattis will follow through and put American’s soldiers first and put an end to unnecessary nonsense in the military.
The Washington Times reports:
Defense Secretary James Mattis is facing his first significant decision in the military’s sexual revolution legacy left by the last commander in chief, Barack Obama.
Mr. Obama’s defense secretary, Ashton Carter, issued a directive last year permitting transgender troops to remain in the military and undergo sex reassignment procedures instead of facing automatic discharge.
The next step in the transgender agenda is due July 1, according to Mr. Carter’s timeline. Mr. Mattis is to decide whether the armed forces will allow transgender people to join the military.
Deputy Defense Secretary Robert O. Work, an Obama holdover, required each service to submit plans for how they will open the ranks to transgender recruits. Those road maps are now in, leaving the next move up to Mr. Mattis, a retired Marine Corps four-star general who in the past has complained about the Pentagon’s intense focus on social issues.
Mr. Mattis testified last week before three congressional committees but did not address his plans for transgender troops.
Army Lt. Col. Myles Caggins, a Pentagon spokesman, issued a statement to The Washington Times: “The Deputy Secretary of Defense directed the Military Departments to assess their readiness to access transgender applicants into the military. The assessment is narrowly focused on readiness to access transgender applicants, not on gender transition by currently serving service members.
“Diversity is a source of strength for the Department of Defense, and is a key to maintaining our high state of readiness. Diversity encompasses more than demographic differences (e.g., race, gender and sexual orientation). We also value diversity of thought, background, language, culture and skills. Readiness and combat-effectiveness are our priority.”
Social conservatives have mounted a campaign to persuade Mr. Mattis to suspend the Carter transgender directive with the ultimate goal of recalling it and all of the associated manuals.
“The policies adopted require our Armed Forces to officially assume the risks of recruiting and retaining persons who are suffering with a condition requiring long-term medical and perhaps, surgical treatment, with uncertain results often associated with higher rates of depression and suicide,” said a statement from the Conservative Action Project. “The accommodation of such individuals in the military indicates that the U.S. Department of Defense will bear the cost of hormone treatments, surgery, and post-operative care to facilitate ‘gender transitioning.’”
Nearly 100 conservative activists signed the statement headlined, “Restoring America’s Military Strength.” They said the Carter order requires commanders to “master the nuances of a complex psycho-sexual medical sub-specialty, and initiate or approve procedures for which they have no formal training.”
Signatories included retired Army Lt. General William Boykin, Family Research Council President Tony Perkins and Elaine Donnelly, who runs the Center for Military Readiness.
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