Opinion: “President Trump is correct to block trans soldiers’ attempts to emulate the opposite sex because it will not strengthen our military nor provide transgender people long-term help.”
Why Trump Keeping Trans People From The Military Is A Good Decision
By Walt Heyer, The Federalist.com, July 27, 2017
In a stunning move, President Trump announced on Twitter that transgender individuals will not serve in the U.S. military. Despite Congress voting in late July to fund gender-reassignment surgery for military service members, Trump tweeted Wednesday: “After consultation with my Generals and military experts, please be advised the United States Government will not accept or allow Transgender individuals to serve in any capacity in the U.S. Military.”
It’s unclear the mechanisms Trump plans to use to put this policy into effect, however. Activist groups announced plans to sue immediately if Trump codifies this policy in an executive order, and Sen. John McCain, chairman of the Senate Armed Services Committee, issued a statement defending the Department of Defense’s decision under President Obama to allow transgender soldiers to remain in the armed forces. He says there’s not enough evidence that transgender people will reduce combat effectiveness or that transgender soldiers’ elective gender-change surgeries are too steep a price for taxpayers to pay.
McCain is wrong. Iraq combat veteran J.R. Salzman pointed out on Twitter the day of Trump’s announcement that in combat all emotional vulnerabilities matter and threaten soldiers’ lives and units: “War is no place for people who are mentally, emotionally, or physically confused or in turmoil. You have your sh-t together, or you don’t. And if you don’t, you’ll just get people needlessly killed. Political correctness has absolutely no place in the military.”
Read more: http://thefederalist.com/2017/07/27/trump-keeping-trans-people-military-good-decision/