Military: Are You Ready To Salute Transgender Soldiers?

The London LGBT+ Community Pride parade took place on the 27th of June 2015.

Yep, the ban on transgender troops was lifted by the Pentagon on July 1, just in time for the July 4th weekend. Celebrating Independence Day along with this change in the military will be a great one, right?

From USA Today

The plan would direct each branch of the armed services over a one-year period to implement new policies affecting recruiting, housing and uniforms for transgender troops, one official said.

From American Military News

The decision has received intense blowback with widespread criticism claiming that transgender people make up only 0.2% – 0.3% of the American population. The main concern is that their mental stability and chemical imbalances in some transgender people as they undergo radical changes in their bodies that they need to chemically sustain, has brought into question their psychological capacity to deal intense situations where lives may be on the line.

Rep. Mac Thornberry, the Texas Republican who chairs the Armed Services Committee, called on the Pentagon in a letter last July to provide a range of information on the impacts of repealing the ban.

Among his were:

What would be the projected cost of changing the transgender service policy? To what extent would military barracks, ship berths, gym shower facilities, latrines, and other facilities have to be modified to accommodate personnel in various stages of transition and what would be the projected cost of these modifications?

The National Security Desk editors of the Patriot Post were very clear with their comments:

All humans have inherent, God-given dignity and should be treated with respect, but that doesn’t mean undermining national security for the celebration of mental illness. And make no mistake: Obama’s objective isn’t about dignity, and it’s most certainly not about what makes our military a more effective fighting force. It’s about making the normalization of homosexuality a matter of law in regard to Defense Department personnel, practices and policy — all in an effort to pander to female Democrat voters in an election year.

A former U.S. Army helicopter pilot (Lt. Col., ret.), who had three tours in Vietnam with the 101st Airborne Division, also asked pertinent questions:

It is the final disaster for the military. Where do they sleep? Where do they shower? Which latrine do they use? This is shear stupidity and will be the end of the military. To win wars, you must have a mucho attitude, not a crying wimp attitude. Sad.

Sad indeed.

Many veterans are glad they don’t have to put up with this change. They still believe “Don’t Ask; Don’t Tell” should never have been repealed! Now it’s “what you see is what you get!”

Chuck Yarling has had many titles in his career thus far: veteran, engineer, math teacher, consultant, technical writer, book author and publisher, and triathlete. He was a member the Military Order of the Purple Heart and Bugles Across America, which plays Taps at military funerals and special events. Spec. 5 Chuck Yarling served with the 26th Combat Engineering Battalion in Vietnam as an awards clerk. His service with the U.S. Army resulted in being awarded the Bronze Star, Purple Heart, and Army Commendation Medal. You may reach Chuck at [email protected]