Pentagon ends transgender ban
Defense Secretary Ash Carter has announced the end of the ban.
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The announcement — which removes one of the last barriers to military service by any individual — was made by Defense Secretary Ash Carter, who had been studying the issue for almost a year. The decision comes as the military has witnessed major changes in the role of women and the inclusion of gays, lesbians and bisexual service members in recent years.
“The Defense Department and the military need to avail ourselves of all talent possible in order to remain what we are now — the finest fighting force the world has ever known,” Carter said Thursday at the Pentagon.
“We don’t want barriers unrelated to a person’s qualification to serve preventing us from recruiting or retaining the soldier, sailor, airman or marine who can best accomplish the mission. We have to have access to 100% of America’s population,” he added.
“Although relatively few in number, we’re talking about talented and trained Americans who are serving their country with honor and distinction,” he said. “We want to take the opportunity to retain people whose talent we’ve invested in and who’ve proven themselves.”
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Ron Theison June 30th, 2016 at 16:16
“The finest fighting force the world has ever known”? Nope, not any more. Letting in, or keeping people in the ranks who have this mental disorder does no one any good. And how about the money that will now have to be spent to turn a male into a female or vice versa? This is one of the most outrageous and ridiculous actions that has ever been forced upon the military. We now have a fighting force where accepting everyone’s sexual proclivities are more important than the actual mission of warfighting. God help us.
Carla Akins June 30th, 2016 at 17:27
No, not a mental disorder and not a sexual proclivity, it’s gender not sexual orientation. In fact it has nothing at all to do with sex or sexual attraction. The world, including the military is always better with inclusiveness, discrimination has no up side.
Hirightnow June 30th, 2016 at 19:03
But how can Ron feel superior to others,with no discrimination?
William July 1st, 2016 at 10:40
Having spent twenty years six months and 13 days in the United States Navy, I can tell you with complete confidence that you are absolutely (as usual) full of sh*t. I’ve also noticed that those who toss around phrases like “our military” or “warfighting” usually have zero combat experience. People like you are always too preoccupied with what someone else does in the bedroom to focus on any actual mission. Luckily, people like you don’t get to make up the rules.
17 July 1st, 2016 at 15:04
Fear not, friends. The way things are going, anything that can pull a trigger or push a button will be included among the ranks.