Transgender people already in the military have been allowed to serve openly since 2016 and in October of that year, were able to receive medical care and start formally changing their gender identifications in the Pentagon’s personnel system. With your tax dollars of course. As Col. West has mentioned on many occasions, the Air Force must resort to combing “bone yards” to find spare parts to keep its jets flying, but people seeking to change their parts or bolt on new ones have jumped to the head of the line.
Just for reference there are about 1.3 million people currently in active duty across all branches of the military.
We also know approximately 0.3 percent of the American population is transgender, so if the number of trans people in the military were consistent, that translates to about 3,900 people.
Now the question is, can transgendered people enlist? The joint chiefs have asked for delay in answering that question.
Per the Associated Press, military chiefs will seek a six-month delay before letting transgender people enlist in their services, officials said Friday.
The original mandate from Ash Carter said the services had until July 1 to develop policies to allow people already identifying as transgender to newly join the military, if they meet physical, medical and other standards, and have been stable in their identified genders for 18 months.
After meetings this week, the service leaders hammered out an agreement that rejected Army and Air Force requests for a two-year wait and reflected broader concerns that a longer delay would trigger criticism on Capitol Hill, officials familiar with the talks told The Associated Press.
The new request for a delay will go to Defense Secretary Jim Mattis.
So the reason to speed this up is political? Like that makes any sense when we’re talking about warfighting capabilities.
Service chiefs will also require that transgender recruits be stable in their preferred genders for at least two years, an increase from Carter’s earlier plan to allow 18 months, the officials said. The chiefs also want to review the policy in a year to see how things are working, the officials said.
Key concerns are whether currently enlisted troops have had medical or other issues that cause delays or problems with their ability to deploy or meet physical or other standards for their jobs. Military leaders also want to review how transgender troops are treated, if they’re discriminated against or have had disciplinary problems, the officials said.
Does no one see this as opening a potential huge can of worms? Apparently not. Apparently having openly transgender people serving in the military is absolutely tantamount to maintaining its lethal force.
Stephen Peters, spokesman for Human Rights Campaign, said the group is disappointed with the delay request.
“Each day that passes without implementing the final piece of this important policy harms our military readiness and restricts the Armed Forces’ ability to recruit the best and the brightest,” said Peters, a Marine veteran.
And if you’d like to see what this looks like, check out this video from 2015 when former Navy SEAL Chris Beck came out after retirement as Kristin Beck and decided to run for Congress.
So let’s get this straight (pun intended), “the best and the brightest” for the military are really coming from the three-tenths of one percent who don’t identify with their God-given plumbing.
What message does that send to the 99.7 percent who do?
The amount of time and energy being spent on this boggles the mind. Let’s hope Secretary Mattis overturns this mandate so our military can get back to the business of kicking butts rather than remaking them.
[This article was written by Michele Hickford, author of the brutally honest and bitingly funny Do I Need To Slap You?]