President Trump on Wednesday took the bold decision to ban transgender recruits from serving in the military. His move reverses the Obama administration’s determination to impose its gender-before-biology agenda.
“After consultation with my Generals and military experts, please be advised that the United States Government will not accept or allow Transgender individuals to serve in any capacity in the U.S. Military. Our military must be focused on decisive and overwhelming victory and cannot be burdened with the tremendous medical costs and disruption that transgender in the military would entail,” the president wrote on Twitter.
When the Pentagon announced in June 2016 that it had lifted its ban on openly transgender people serving in the military, then-Defense Secretary Ash Carter claimed that the lifting of the ban would cause “minimal readiness impacts from allowing transgender servicemembers to serve openly.” However, his claims were based on a study which assumed that allowing transgender individuals to serve in the military would have the very same impact as allowing gay and lesbian personnel to do so. But, for obvious reasons, this is unlikely to be the case.
Mr. Trump and military experts are well aware of the tremendous “disruption” associated with gender-reassignment surgical procedures, a fact that the former Defense Secretary conveniently chose to ignore. Or maybe he expected individuals who had undergone reassignment surgery – and who were lucky enough not to have experienced any of the common complications associated with such procedures – to return to work as soon as they were wheeled out of the operating room?
President Trump and his generals also feel that the military should not be “burdened with the tremendous medical costs” associated with reassignment surgery and accompanying medical therapies. The military would certainly not pay for cosmetic surgery so why should it cover the costs associated with a double mastectomy, chest-reconstruction surgery, breast implants and long-term hormone injections for instance?
Conservative groups backed the president’s views that the military should serve one and one purpose only: to serve and defend the nation.
“It’s not about the individual – it’s about the military. President Obama used the military for the advancement of his radical social agenda. This president is saying NO! The military is there for one purpose only: to keep America secure,” Family Research Council President Tony Perkins said.
Perkins also lambasted the Obama administration for turning the Armed Forces into a social experiment.
“This is a major victory for conservatives, for our military and it’s a milestone from a standpoint of ending and reversing Obama-era social engineering policies that really crippled our nation’s military,” he stressed.
Following President Trump’s decision, White House Press Secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders told reporters that the administration and the Department of Defense would be working closely to implement the new policy.Share