OK, this won’t take long. So you really wanna know where the Obama administration’s focus is for our U.S. military? Ya know, Chairman of the Joint Chiefs, General Dempsey, just announced we’re going to cut 40,000 from the Army’s active duty strength. President Obama stated that better ideas, not bullets, are better suited to defeat an ideology. So I’m quite sure this idea will have ISIS, Russia, China, Iran, Boko Haram, narco-terrorists and all the other cats and dogs running in fear from the Obama military.
As reported in the Star Advertiser:
The Navy and Marine Corps have joined the Army and Air Force in making it harder to discharge transgender military members.
Navy Secretary Ray Mabus signed a memorandum Wednesday stating: “Effective immediately, separations initiated under the provisions of the reference for service members with a diagnosis or history of gender dysphoria, who identify themselves as transgender, or who have taken steps to externalize the condition, must be forwarded to the assistant secretary of the Navy (manpower and reserve affairs) for decision.”
The memo was directed to the chief of Naval operations and commandant of the Marine Corps.
Sgt. Shane Ortega, a three-time Iraq and Afghanistan veteran and openly transgender soldier at Wheeler Army Airfield, said he was “elated” with the news because it gives transgender troops worried about discharge “the opportunity to breathe.”
“These type of historic actions are the ones that parallel the repeal of Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell,” Ortega said, referencing the removal of the ban on openly gay military service.
The military policy changes mean transgender personnel seeking medical treatment won’t be automatically separated from service, he said.
In 2013, the mental health manual used by psychiatrists for diagnosis replaced “gender identity disorder” with “gender dysphoria” for individuals who see and feel themselves to be a different gender than their assigned gender, according to the American Psychiatric Association.
“It is important to note that gender nonconformity is not in itself a mental disorder,” the association said. “The critical element of gender dysphoria is the presence of clinically significant distress associated with the condition.”
I remember the old days in the Army when soldiers would come up with ailments just to get out of doing PT or going to the field. Now we have some stuff called “gender dysphoria”? Doggone glad that I’m not a commander in the military these days. I can just imagine the confusion.
America, we’ve certainly gotten our full measure of fundamental transformation. This occurs in the same week we announce to the world — good guys and bad — we’re reducing our Army end strength by 40,000 soldiers. Unbelievable.
Wanna know how abjectly nutty this has all become? Air Force Senior Airman Logan Ireland, an Afghanistan war veteran who, like Ortega, transitioned from female to male, was the invited guest of President Barack Obama at the White House’s recent Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender (LGBT) Pride Month reception. Ireland, whose command put him on special orders to attend in a male dress uniform, was accompanied by his fiancee, Army Cpl. Laila Villanueva, a transgender woman.
Mind you, for some reason, President Obama couldn’t find necessity to attend the funeral of the most senior military member to be killed in Afghanistan, Major General Harold Green. Nor could Obama find it important enough to take Air Force One to attend the funeral services for the American Sniper U.S. Navy SEAL Chief Petty Officer Chris Kyle. But the White House has the time to put on an LGBT month reception? I apologize, but the absurdity of all this just leaves me utterly perplexed — though it does enable me to recognize the priorities of this Commander-in-Chief.
I’m just gonna leave it there folks. There just ain’t much one can say anymore.