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Hail to These Chiefs: Department of Defense and Social Engineering


In between power naps and side conversations, members will be considering a big bump in funding for the military. Chairman Mac Thornberry (R-Texas) is pushing for more than even Donald Trump’s $603 billion base budget to address what conservatives are calling a “readiness crisis.”

But there’s one way the group can improve readiness without spending a cent — and that’s rolling back the Obama-era social engineering. Days shy of the July 1 deadline to admit the gender confused, three branches of the military are urging Defense Secretary James Mattis to reconsider. In an already strained force, enlisting people who identify as transgender would create more headaches for a military that can’t afford the distractions. At a Pentagon meeting last week, the service chiefs asked for at least a six-month delay so that the leaders can study the impact of this integration on troop discipline, recruitment, and retention.

Mattis, who just landed in Germany for a meeting with NATO, has yet to make a decision. But that doesn’t mean Congress can’t do it for him. At tomorrow’s NDAA mark-up, conservatives are planning to offer their own amendment to postpone the transgender policy. As of October 1, service members struggling with their gender can get medical care for their “transition” and start changing their personnel files in the Pentagon system. According to reports, 250 people have taken advantage of the policy (with the Navy accounting for more than 160). Republicans will do their best to put the brakes on this runaway train, especially as it has to do with the accession standards that are set to go into effect Saturday.

As General Joseph Dunford, chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, pointed out, there are weighty issues that “need to be resolved” — not the least of which is the inability of these new troops to perform their jobs. “Key concerns are whether currently enlisted troops have had medical or other issues that cause delays or problems with their ability to deploy or meet physical or other standards for the jobs.”

Then, of course, there’s the issue of privacy (or lack thereof). In a force already plagued by sexual assault, throwing open the shower and barracks doors to both genders hardly seems like the solution.

We owe it to our military to put America’s focus back where it belongs: on fighting and winning wars. To find out how the transgender agenda compromises that mission, check out FRC’s policy brief here.


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