Transgenders in the Military
Maybe by the time you listen to this podcast the topic of transgenders in the military will be a moot point. Somehow, I doubt that. I don’t think that the identify politics crowd will let it rest.
I’m going to give my perspective on this topic because I have some personal experience with the effects of the policy. I no longer work at a military medical facility that ensures military readiness measures are met. However, I was there in 2016 when the Obama policy for transgenders in the military was introduced. I was required to participate in an hour-long presentation on what this policy entailed, what proper conduct toward transgenders would look like and what our responsibilities were regarding our attitudes toward this policy. There are a couple of points that I want to make here.
There was an article on July 26 published on CNN politics webpage. A little more than halfway down the page, there is this quote. “Let us be clear. This has been studied extensively, and the consensus is clear: there are no cost or military readiness drawbacks associated with allowing trans-people to fight for their country.” This statement was made by Joshua Block.
As I said, I was required to sit through a presentation that detailed Obama’s transgender policy for those serving the military. I want to make several points based on my personal experience with what was expected of me, and of anyone else either in the military or supporting a military operation.
The fact that there needed to be a presentation is significant
The presentation, as I said, was required. When you work for a military facility, many times there are requirements that those not associated with a military facility never see. We were required as contractors to complete a cyber security course every year in order to keep our jobs. I have no idea how Hillary Clinton sidestepped this requirement. In the private sector, data security may or may not be a priority for the business owner. But in the Department of Defense, it is a high priority.
While that is the only course contractors were required to take to keep their jobs, there were multiple training courses for GS employees. GS stands for general service. There are three types of people, or classifications of employees, on every military facility. There are contractors, there are civilian or GS employees, and then there are those who are officers and enlisted military personnel. Contractors have the fewest training requirements, GS employees have more training requirements, and those who actually wear the uniform and serve in the military have many, many requirements for training certification.
In fact, if you wear a military uniform, your time belongs to the United States of America 24/7. For the entire time you serve in the military, anything can be asked of you any day of the week, seven days a week, 24 hours a day. And you would be required to follow whatever order was given. It’s just how it works.
As far as the transgender policy initiated during the Obama administration, every person providing services at a military facility was required to participate in the transgender awareness presentation. That’s the first place where time that could have been spent in pursuing the current military agenda of protecting the USA was spent in making special arrangements for .06% of the military population. I believe that was the number I remember hearing at that time. But don’t quote me on that. It is a very small number of people and the entire military operation was required to invest it’s time on this issue.
I want to point out why this is a problem. The Department of Defense and the United States military exists to protect this country. This means that when you enter the military, the expectation is that you will learn to fight and you will learn to kill people. That is what it means to serve the country via military service. You must be prepared to fight and you must be prepared to kill. That is basic training for every service member. For 24 hours every day, seven days per week, for the entire time you serve in the military, that is your mission. You must be prepared to fight for the country. You must be prepared to kill if necessary.
The military is not about social engineering. The military is about blowing things up. It is about killing people. I know the snowflakes are likely shocked at this point. The truth, the reality of the world we currently live in, is offensive to them. Snowflakes like to live in denial, in a fantasy world, and reality frightens them. Reality frightens me also. But the difference between me and the average snowflake is that I am willing to look at reality and respond accordingly, whereas a snowflake will simply melt and be washed away.
Everyone in the military is expected to cater to the needs of a few
This was the most horrifying aspect of the presentation. My jaw dropped. There were many reactions from the people who were there with me participating in this presentation. My reaction was disbelief and horror. That those in charge of the safety and security of our country would expect everyone to drop what they were doing, and support a fellow team member, regardless of the importance of their own duties, was unbelievable to me.
Details of the requirements for a person opting for transgender surgery and hormone treatment were provided. First of all, the person received a medical diagnosis of the need for this transition. But, rather than simply discharging the individual due to this medical condition, the military would be required to provide all services necessary to complete the transition.
I want to interject here that there are many, many medical conditions that keep individuals from serving in the US military. Just a couple off the top of my head: you cannot serve if you have asthma. In the Air Force, the vision requirements are tremendous. You cannot serve if you are diagnosed as bipolar. You cannot serve if you have flat feet. Diabetes out. Lots of stomach issues are out. There is a webpage that lists all of the things that can be issues. And yes, transgender is there, as is transvestitism and you’re born with that. Voyeurism is also listed. So there are lots and lots of reasons to be disqualified from military service.
Back to the details of the requirements. Others were expected to cover for any individual during medical treatment. There are multiple surgeries. There is the recovery period following each surgery. Then there are the hormone injections. There were instructions on how the hormones might affect a person. How they might be expected to act. That you were supposed to be sensitive to their needs. And so on. Lots of attention to this one individual when the mission is to support the country.
In the presentation, it was made clear that everyone would pick up the slack. And this is an organization where life and death is faced each day during deployment in foreign lands. Of course, the transgender person may not even be eligible for deployment. Certainly not during the time of transition.
What Options Do Others in the Military Have?
For those wearing uniforms, for those in general service, and for those contracting, there were no options. This policy was being put in place, and there would be no argument. You were simply required to cater to the needs of a few. And while this would be a very honorable, respectable, and compassionate thing to do in a private company, it simply has no place in the military. The military serves the country not each other. Let me explain what I mean by that.
People who serve in the military gladly support their fellow service personnel. They will lay down their life for their companions. Indeed, they receive medals for outstanding service But I believe, and I certainly could be wrong, that most expected to give this 110% while in service to the country. And not so much in serving another servicemember. There are no medals for going out of your way to pick up the slack of another soldier.
But if you wear a uniform, you must go along or be court marshalled. You have literally signed a contract with the United States of America that requires you to follow orders 24 hours a day, seven days a week, for as long as you are a member of the armed services.
The Monetary Costs
This is the point that the president made via his Tweets. It requires a lot of resources to provide those surgeries and the hormone therapy required. In a political sense, it’s a good point to make. In my opinion, this point is rather small in the overall picture.
And that brings me to my final point.
The Purpose of the Military (from my point of view)
I’ve spoken of this before, and I will bring it up again here. The United States military exists to protect every citizen of this nation. All those involved stand ready to fulfill that function or they go somewhere else. If any individual cannot perform the duty assigned, they are dragging down the entire operation.
In the case of transgender’s in the military, not only is each and every service person required to provide support, all taxpayers are providing support as well. They are providing the financial support. The liberal mindset would to see absolutely nothing wrong with this. They would believe that it is the responsibility of everyone to support these people. And while that may be true in the private sector, it has no place in the mission to defend this country.
I absolutely, 100%, support the right of any individual to structure their lives in any way they see fit. What you do on your own time, is your business. But when you join the military, you no longer have “your own time”. Your life is in service to others. And of story. If your choices for your own life interfere with your ability to focus 100% on everyone else, the military is not for you. Your individual needs become secondary during the time of your service.
I think I’m going to end here. This podcast will be a little shorter than usual, but I feel I’ve covered the topic well enough from my perspective. And this podcast is designed to be a discussion. I’d love to hear your thoughts. Send me your thoughts here.
Let me know what you think.