Coast Guard commander to defy Trump’s military transgender ban

Coast Guard commander to defy Trump’s military transgender ban

[Will the Coast Guard soon have a new commandant?]

Doug Mainwaring

August 1, 2017 (LifeSiteNews) — The commandant of the U.S. Coast Guard publicly announced that he will disregard President Trump’s ban on transgendered people serving in the military, saying “I will not break faith” with transgender Coast Guardsmen.

Admiral Paul F. Zukunft, who took the helm at the Coast Guard in 2014 during the Obama administration, is refusing to back down from Obama-era policy.

Under Obama White House directives, Secretary of Defense Ash Carter ordered all branches of the military in 2016 to draft policies to allow for transgender recruits and transgender medical care.

The U.S. Department of Defense website states that Admiral Zukunft “leads America’s oldest continuous seagoing service and the largest component of the Department of Homeland Security, comprised of 41,700 active duty, 7,800 reserve, 8,300 civilian and 31,000 volunteer Auxiliarists.”

According to the Military Times, the Coast Guard is aware of just 13 members who self-identify as transgender. Out of 88,800 under Zukunft’s command, 0.00015 of a percent say they are transgender, approximately one out of 7,000.

A group of retired military top brass has offered wholehearted support to the President’s guidance, calling it “courageous.”

A July 27 letter defending the transgender ban — signed by three lieutenant generals, seven major generals, three brigadier generals, an admiral, a vice admiral and a Marine Corps veteran (all retired) — states, “There may be an enormous amount of vitriol directed at you for making this policy correction, but please know that overturning this policy may have done more in the long term to save the culture and war-fighting capacity of the U.S. military than perhaps any other military policy you will adopt as president.”

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2 comments on “Coast Guard commander to defy Trump’s military transgender ban

  1. I hope you’ve enjoyed your tour as Coast Guard Commander, you bonehead, and rest assured if you defy the President, you will be gone tomorrow.

  2. [Between the Coast Guard and the Joint Chiefs of Staff, I think that the Pentagon (similar to the Department of State at Foggy Bottom) is another swamp in the federal bureauracy that needs draining.]

    US Coast Guard Reassures All 13 Transgenders: I Will Not Break Faith

    by Rodney Pelletier • ChurchMilitant • August 1, 2017

    WASHINGTON – The head of the U.S. Coast Guard is reassuring all 13 so-called transgender personnel they will not be dismissed in light of President Trump’s recent announcement that transgendered persons will have no place in the U.S. Military.

    Admiral Paul Zukunft, Commandant of the U.S. Coast Guard, is announcing he will not “turn [his] back” on transgender individuals, adding, “We have made an investment in you, and you have made an investment in the Coast Guard, and I will not break faith.”

    He also admits the number of self-identifying transgenders serving is “very small,” 13 out of 81,000 —about 0.016 percent of all Coast Guard members.

    While the Coast Guard has been a part of the U.S. Department of Transportation and more recently the U.S. Department of Homeland Security, it falls under the authority of the U.S. Department of Defense in a time of war or whenever the president decides.

    President Trump made headlines when he announced on July 26 “the U.S. government will not accept or allow transgender individuals to serve in any capacity in the U.S. Military.” He further noted, “Our military must be focused on decisive and overwhelming victory and cannot be burdened with the tremendous medical costs and disruption that transgenders in the military would entail.”

    Only two days later, General Joseph Dunford, Jr., chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, is asserting no policy changes are happening until “the President’s direction has been received by the Secretary of Defense and the secretary has issued implementation guidance.”

    Trump is reversing a 2016 decision by President Obama to allow transgenders in the U.S. military. 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.

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