Trump's military trans policy being implemented - finally

Wednesday, April 24, 2019
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Chad Groening (OneNewsNow.com)

U.S. Air Force airmanA conservative military watchdog is pleased that U.S. service academies are adopting President Donald Trump's policies regarding transgender military service.

Both the U.S. Naval Academy and the U.S. Coast Guard Academy have announced they are implementing the Trump administration's ban on transgender service members. The Naval Academy will ban transgenders beginning with the 2020 school year while the Coast Guard ban began on April 12. The U.S. Air Force Academy says it will also conform with Defense Department policy when admitting future cadets.

Elaine Donnelly, president of the Center for Military Readiness (CMR), isn't surprised by the academies' moves. The president, she argues, had every right to do this under his Article II powers.

Donnelly

"… There is no inherent right to be in the military, much less an inherent right to attend a military service academy," she continues. "This is a very large investment in the education of future officers, [and] people who go to the service academies need to be eligible for serving in the military for a certain time after graduation and beyond that hopefully."

The Democratic-led House of Representatives recently passed a non-binding measure expressing opposition to President Trump's reversal of President Barack Obama's policy that allowed transgenders to serve openly in the U.S. military. The CMR president stated earlier that because the measure encouraged the armed forces to "defy" the commander in chief it should have been dubbed the "military mutiny resolution."

Donnelly says the quality of the reporting on this story has been poor.

"Some of the news reports say these hormones and surgeries improve a person's mental outlook with their psychological health – [but] there's no evidence to back that up," she tells OneNewsNow. "In fact, we know the suicide rates are much higher among people in the military especially who suffer from gender dysphoria – eight to nine times higher."

According to Donnelly, numerous medical problems can preclude someone from being eligible for military service – gender dysphoria among them.

The CMR website includes an article that responds to what it calls several "typically false arguments" that arise when this issue comes up for discussion.

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