Most Americans likely believe that the mentally ill ought to be offered help, not recruited into the military, where their emotional dilemmas might lead to someone being hurt. President Barack Obama’s Pentagon disagrees.
Ergo, it plans to repeal the ban on transgender service members on July 1, according to USA Today, which added that that the Pentagon was looking to give each branch of the military approximately one year to launch recruiting, house and uniform services for transgender troops.
The plan was initially announced last year, when Defense Secretary Ash Carter said that the ban would be lifted unless someone could prove that doing so would have an “adverse impact on military effectiveness and readiness.”
Texas Rep. Mac Thornberry reportedly tried to do exactly that, but he efforts apparently failed, at least in the eyes of the Obama administration.
Specifically, he asked a litany of questions regarding the potential repercussions of allowing transgender men and women into the military — including how much such a policy change would cost, and whether or not the Pentagon would be required to provide cosmetic medical services to transgender troops.
He also argued that Carter should be focusing on military readiness, not political agendas. Aiming specific recruiting efforts at a group that represents perhaps a quarter of one percent of the American population does not seem like a wise investment of funds when measured by the yardstick of military readiness.
“The force is exhausted from back to back deployments and spending their home-station time scrambling to get enough equipment and training before they deploy again,” he said. “My focus is on helping the troops now — to be the most effective, deployable force possible.”
But as usual, both Obama and his officials prefer playing around with social engineering versus actually empowering our military with the tools and resources it needs to succeed.
And what about our veterans, who continue to die because of the incompetence of the Department of Veterans Affairs? Shouldn’t their troubles be prioritized over this scheme to turn the military into a social utopia?
I guess not, or so says Barack Obama …