Military Struggling With Obama’s Transgender Policies – Carried Over By the Trump Administration!

[“Which is which?”]

by Rodney Pelletier • ChurchMilitant • June 2, 2017

WASHINGTON – Sources in the U.S. military are reporting the opening of the military to so-called transgender personnel is at a standstill.

In June 2016, it was announced that the Pentagon, under direction from the Obama administration, would be eliminating the long-standing prohibition of openly transgender individuals serving in the military. All branches of the military were given 12 months to implement new guidelines — but now, as the deadline looms near, military sources are claiming there are insurmountable obstacles.

The handbook released by the Department of Defense (DOD) was expected to provide guidance for the implementation of the transgender mandate. Some say, however, that it is incomplete.

A source told Military Times, “It’s not that we’re unsupportive or unwilling to implement it; just that there were administrative matters to be addressed.” He noted, “We had several questions for the Office of the Secretary of Defense, seeking clarification on aspects of the policy that have not been addressed yet.”

The source also noted that funding to implement the accommodation of transgender personnel “did not come through,” noting the need for new shower and living spaces.

Military Times did note that some officials “are apprehensive about whether some transgender recruits or officer candidates could experience psychological side effects associated with their gender dysphoria.”

In May, James Mattis, Secretary of Defense, sent a memo to military leaders giving them an opportunity to comment on the upcoming policy change. He reportedly commented that transgender implementation would go ahead “unless they cause readiness problems that could lessen our ability to fight, survive and win on the battlefield.” The Pentagon’s own research allegedly reported the elimination of the prohibition would not affect unit readiness.

The Marine Corps, however, had misgivings about how to implement the Pentagon’s plan. In November 2016, it issued a document providing “implementing guidance” to establish policy “regarding the accession, service and transition of transgender Marines” according to DOD policy.

It directed that transgender Marines “shall be subject to the same uniform and grooming; height/weight; Physical/Combat Fitness Test; Military Personnel Drug Abuse Testing Program participation; and other military standards as any other Marines of the same gender.”

If transgender Marines fall short of the physical requirements set forth for their gender, they can be “administratively separated” from the military — in effect, fired, but with more consequences.

For instance, if a female Marine identifies herself as a male and undergoes hormone therapy, she will be required to perform at the level demanded of all male Marines. Likewise, if a male “transitions,” he will be held to female physical requirements and may be considered overweight for a female because of his larger body type.

Exemptions for transgender Marines who fail to conform to physical fitness requirements can be requested, but they will only be considered on a case-by-case basis.

In September, the Pentagon agreed to pay for so-called sex-change operations for active duty military members, including behavior therapy, hormone therapy and “gender reassignment” surgery.

California Congressman Duncan Hunter has criticized President Obama’s social engineering of the military, including his decision to lift the ban on transgenders, as having the effect of cutting down on “the warrior mentality.”

“Having transgender operations paid for by the U.S. taxpayer is one of the stupidest things I’ve ever heard of because it doesn’t do anything to help America project power or to fight and win its wars,” Hunter remarked. “Nothing. There’s no upside to it whatsoever.”

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