Breaking: Trump Lays Down the Law on Trans in the Military

Trump Lays Down the Law on Trans in the Military

Donald Trump has just announced a sweeping reversal to an Obama-era military policy.

In a series of posts on Twitter Wednesday morning, the president stated that he will not allow transgender individuals to enter the U.S. military.

The commander in chief elaborated that he had spoken with military brass in order to come to his decision.

“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,” Trump posted at around 9 a.m.

“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. Thank you,” the president concluded.

For the past year, transgender people who were already in the military were allowed to undergo a process of officially changing their gender within the military records system.

According to Breitbart News, that policy was put in place by Obama’s secretary of defense, Ash Carter. At the time, Carter gave the military a deadline of July 1 of this year to develop a plan to accept new recruits who already identified as transgender.

However, Trump’s new Defense Secretary Jim Mattis extended that deadline by six months, and ordered the military to determine whether or not trans members would affect “readiness or lethality” of the armed forces.

Several memos from Secretary Mattis regarding the transgender issue made it clear that there were two main criteria for Pentagon decisions: Whether a policy made the military more capable or lethal, and whether a decision was a good use of taxpayer funds.

“On my first day as Secretary of Defense, I wrote, ‘Every action we take will be designed to ensure our military is ready to fight today and in the future,’” explained Mattis in one of those memos, according to Breitbart.

“It is imperative we align our actions to our larger mission and that we disaggregate priorities that increase the lethality of our forces from functions that are wasteful and unnecessary,” the secretary of defense continued.

A recent Military Times article revealed that the number of troops undergoing gender reassignment is rather low.

Only around 250 members of the military are part of that transgender reassignment process, out of more than 1.4 million total active duty troops.

In other words, less than 0.02 percent of the active duty force is affected by Trump’s announced change.

Unsurprisingly, liberal pundits were quick to attack the president’s announcement, and criticized him as being an enemy of transgender individuals because of the decision.

The simple fact is, however, that transgenderism and transsexualism have long been viewed as mental health issues by medical experts.

For example, the American Psychiatric Association recognizes gender dysphoria as a known condition that can be positively diagnosed.

“Gender dysphoria (formerly gender identity disorder) is defined by strong, persistent feelings of identification with the opposite gender and discomfort with one’s own assigned sex that results in significant distress or impairment,” Psychology Today explained.

Many other disorders and conditions disqualify a person from serving in the U.S. military. A recent article lists over 30 separate categories of medical and mental issues which can prevent an individual from joining the service.

These range from behavior and personality disorders, to height requirements, vision standards and dozens of additional conditions.

The military’s mission is to fight efficiently and to destroy the enemy; anything that distracts from or limits that objective is out of place.

Individuals who believe that they are the wrong gender have the same human rights as anyone else, but as the long list of disqualifications shows, there is no “right” to enter the United States armed forces.

The U.S. military is simply not the best fit for everyone.

It is not inconsistent to hope that somebody dealing with transgender issues or gender dysphoria receives help and lives a happy and successful life, while at the same time acknowledging that an infantry unit in Iraq is not the right place to work through those issues.

President Trump and Secretary Mattis made a tough call on this challenge, but putting the fighting ability of the military ahead of a costly social experiment was the right decision.

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