LBGTQ Armageddon is underway after Trump announces transgender military ban.
The country is up in arms and as usual there are two sides to the story. Liberals and the mainstream media coverage consists of only the LBGTQ side but listening to actual members of the military gives a completely different point of view.
In a series of tweets, Trump said that transgender individuals would not be allowed to serve in the U.S. military in “any capacity.” The president’s comments were met with a massive amount of backlash. LGBT groups are calling it a “direct attack” on trans people.
Independent Journal Review wanted to see what veterans think:
1. Josh Ghering, U.S. Marine staff sergeant, Iraq and Afghan War veteran, former drill instructor:
“Critics say that they have research that it wouldn’t increase costs by that much. Other countries allow transgenders to openly serve and it didn’t cause problems. When Obama did away with Don’t Ask Don’t Tell, it created issues, though.
“When we change the ways we do things, it affects the military. We get death by Power Point on how to talk to people. We are getting all these new guidelines from the government. That’s not what we need. We need to be focused on how to improve our warfighting ability, period.
2. Zac Oja, U.S. Army Ranger and Afghan War veteran:
“I’m curious to see how this will be implemented, will the openly transgendered individuals currently serving be forced out of the military? Will they be forced to ‘identify’ with what their birth certificate says for gender?
“This, in my opinion, is going to do nothing markedly positive but will open the flood gate to the left for open dissent against this new policy.
“I have seen SEC-DEF Mattis saying that he wanted an extension on the provision put forth by Obama and then SEC-DEF Carter regarding women in all combat roles and the benefits put in place for transitioning service members. I agree that much more data is needed to gain a better picture of the cost/benefits of having transgendered service members in our great military.
3. Sean Conner, U.S. Marine sergeant, MARSOC operator (Raider), and Iraq veteran:
“The military is a machine that doesn’t breakdown for politics. I can assure you that the reasoning for this decision is for the benefit of the whole system.
“Considering less than 1 percent identify as transgender in the military, it would be a major burden, and the cost benefit analysis would be in the favor of not allowing this policy to go through. The amount of change, cost and redirection would not outweigh the very small pros, if any.
“The military had it right before with Don’t Ask Don’t Tell, or else things get complicated real quick. The rules were there before Trump came around and for good reason. I empathize if they want to serve, but just do it without having to announce your sexual orientation — its pretty simple.”