Yes, unfortunately, you’ve read that correctly. As a result of President Obama’s decree that transgender soldiers must be allowed to openly serve in the military, new training materials inform female soldiers they must accept the fact that a man who identifies as a woman, but has not yet had “sex reassignment surgery,” may use female barracks, bathrooms and shower facilities. And essentially, they better just get over it.While Defense Secretary Jim Mattis postponed the July 1st opening of military enlistments to transgender people for an additional six months, the delay has no effect on currently serving soldiers from transitioning. As a result, the Army has had to come up with a series of training materials to cope. And boy, are they jaw-dropping.
Writing for The Federalist, James Hasson, a former Army captain who served in Afghanistan, exposed the insanity of these new policies after he obtained a copy of the new “Tier Three Transgender Training” materials, including a PowerPoint presentation and accompanying lesson plan.
First of all, one of the most disturbing facts is the policy allows transgender soldiers to switch their “gender marker” in the Army’s personnel database without undergoing sex reassignment surgery or any other physical changes.
Presto change-o! If you say you’re a woman, you’re a woman.
And therefore, “following her transition from male to female (which did not include sex reassignment surgery) and gender marker change in DEERS [DEERS is the military’s personnel database], a transgender Soldier begins using female barracks, bathroom and shower facilities. Because she did not undergo a surgical change, the Soldier still has male genitalia.”How should troops respond? “Soldiers must accept living and working conditions that are often austere, primitive, and characterized by little or no privacy.”
The slide tells Soldiers they must “understand that you may encounter individuals in barracks, bathrooms, or shower facilities with physical characteristics of the opposite sex despite having the same gender marker in DEERS.”
But hey, no big deal. And no staring!
As Hasson points out, transgender Soldiers are not required or expected to modify or adjust their behavior based on the fact that they do not ‘match’ other Soldiers.” This is a first. The military is normally in the business of telling soldiers to “modify or adjust their behavior” all the time.
As outrageous as these policies are regarding privacy and respect, Hasson points out the real danger in all of it is combat readiness. A (born that way) male infantryman must complete a minimum of 42 pushups or will be considered a liability in combat. However, if he changes his “gender marker” to female, and completes 19 pushups – even though he still retains the exact same physical characteristics – he is now eligible to hold the exact same role in a former unit as a combat-ready female infantry Soldier. How does any of this make sense?
And on the subject of “stability in the preferred gender,” Hasson says If “stability in the preferred gender” does not preclude ongoing hormone therapy, will these soldiers be deployable? Should estrogen cycles be flown into remote forward operating bases with other critical medical supplies?
Considering that transgenders represent only three-tenths of a percent of the U.S. population (and although we’ve never seen specifics for the U.S. military it’s difficult to assume the figures would be statistically higher), can anyone please explain how catering to this infinitesimal minority will increase the lethal effectiveness of our fighting forces?
Hasson says, On one of my first days in the Army, I listened to a non-commissioned officer tell a new private, “Words don’t hurt — bullets hurt. So I don’t give a . . . about your . . . feelings.” (Creative language omitted.)
For goodness sake, Soldiers train to survive on a battlefield where enemies are trying to KILL them. It’s a very sad day when progressive policies attempt to turn the military into some version of Starbucks.
[This article was written by Michele Hickford, author of the brutally honest and bitingly funny Do I Need To Slap You?]