Well, this was just a matter of time. If not under Obama then it would surely happen under Hillary or some other leftist president.
Defense Secretary Ashton B. Carter repealed the Pentagon’s long-held ban on transgender people serving in the military Thursday, ending a year-long process that was bogged down by internal conflict and concerns among senior service officials about how the change could be made.
Carter said at a news conference that the policy change will take place over the next 12 months, beginning with guidance issued to current transgender service members and their commanders, followed by training for the entire military. Beginning Thursday, however, service members can no longer be involuntarily separated from the services solely on the basis of being transgender, he said.
“Our mission is to defend this country, and we don’t want barriers unrelated to a person’s qualification to serve preventing us from recruiting or retaining the soldier, sailor, airman or Marine who can best accomplish the mission,” Carter said. “We have to have access to 100 percent of America’s population for our all-volunteer forces to be able to recruit from among them the most highly qualified — and to retain them.”
I have always been of the mind that anyone who wants to serve should be allowed to, it’s an all volunteer army and if it makes sense all-comers should be accepted.
The question is: Does this make sense?
Having not served myself I truly don’t know. The military should be focused on defending the country and that is something where strict discipline is vital to success. It seems to me that playing games with sexuality at any level is a MAJOR distraction.
Beginning in October, the services will begin training rank-and-file service members about the change. No later than a year from now, the military services will begin allowing transgender service members who meet all standards to openly join the military, provided that they are considered stable in their identified gender for 18 months, as certified by their doctor.
In the world of entitlement and instant gratification this 18 months requirement will undoubtedly over time shrink to potentially no time at all…
This bell wont be unrung, so I hope that we get to a place where this isn’t the big deal it needs to be.