A conservative military watchdog is making the argument that the U.S. Defense Department should issue only conditional enlistment contracts to "transgender" military recruits.
While the issue of transgender recruits is currently up in the air – awaiting further action under the new administration – Military Times recently reported the Pentagon has published guidance for all military processing commands on how examiners are to treat and evaluate "transgender recruits." The seven-page document even outlines guidance on what underwear recruits should wear – and according to the Times, "also still requires a pregnancy test ... for applicants who identify as male, but retain female anatomy."
Elaine Donnelly, president of the Center for Military Readiness, says the effort to accommodate transgenders in the military has really complicated normal procedures.
"It's very, very confusing and very detailed," she tells OneNewsNow. "It is being taken seriously by the Department of Defense because they're under a court order to implement the policies put in place under the Obama administration."
But Donnelly says that court order is now under challenge and could ultimately be overturned.
"It would only be fair for those people going to those military processing centers to know that if they sign up in the military, their status could change because the litigation could very well go in favor of the new commander in chief," she says, adding this suggestion:
"... Instead of worrying about underwear, the Department of Defense should be issuing conditional contracts in those few cases where they would be necessary."