As most of us know, the ban on transgenders in the U.S. military was lifted by the Pentagon on July 1, 2016.
Everyone knew it was coming. In fact, on 11/12/2015, the Department of Veterans Affairs announced that it had opened the first clinic for transgender service members in 2015. The report included that there were an estimated 134,000 transgender veterans in the U.S.
To many veterans and pundits, the idea seemed too far removed from the previous “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell” policy that many approved. Unfortunately, after this federal statute was repealed in 2010, lesbians, gays, bisexuals, and transgenders (LGBT) were allowed to openly service in our military.
Sen. Jim Inhofe, a senior member of the Senate Armed Services Committee, opposed the plan and said, “I had a 10-year-old — not my son, but a friend of mine’s grandson — say, ‘All right, which bathroom would they use?’” Not a bad question for such a young man.
Elaine Donnelly is president of the Center for Military Readiness, an independent, nonpartisan public policy organization that specializes in military/social issues. She said,
For the Department of Defense to focus on a tiny, tiny, minority and disregard the concerns of the majority of people in the armed forces is more than irresponsible,” Donnelly said. “The secretary of defense is instituting a policy that will encourage indiscipline and sexual tension and a range of problems that have nothing to do with strengthening the Armed Forces. There’s no excuse for it.
Andrew Tilghman, a staff writer for the Navy Times wrote that the Pentagon needs to answer some questions:
• When do transgender troops begin adhering to a new dress code and grooming standards?
• How will their fitness standards change?
• How will billeting rules apply?
• Will the military health care system provide them with hormone replacement
therapy or gender reassignment surgery?
Other obvious questions include:
• What is new dress code?
• What is the policy on new enlisted military who are joining just to have such surgery?
Then there is DoD Instruction 6130.03:
transgender individuals are considered medically unfit for service and can be
honorably discharged if diagnosed with “psychosexual conditions, including but
not limited to transsexualism, exhibitionism, transvestism, voyeurism, and other
Obviously, rules and regulations will need to be re-written.
More importantly, though, is the Constitutional issue. Bryan Jonathan Fischer, a
talk radio show host of Focal Point on American Family Radio, recently wrote
about the constitutionality of President Obama forcing the Pentagon to allow
transgenders in our military:
According to Article I, Section 8, (Section 14):
only Congress has authority to change the rules which govern the military.
Congress has never authorized the induction of those who engage in these
behaviors into the armed forces. For the commander-in-chief to make and
implement a decision of this magnitude is an impeachable offense on any number
levels, not the least of which is the plain fact that it defies the Constitution and
trashes the entire concept of the separation of powers.
Not one single member of Congress, lawyers though many of them may be, nor
any of the many others who are veterans themselves, have brought this point to
Unfortunately, that reveals too much about all 525 of them – and that’s a shame.
Bravo, Mr. Fischer!