President Trump just sent liberal snowflakes across America scrambling with a 3-tweet statement sure to be the talking point that proves his fascist ways...
After consultation with my Generals and military experts, please be advised that the United States Government will not accept or allow......— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) July 26, 2017
....Transgender individuals to serve in any capacity in the U.S. Military. Our military must be focused on decisive and overwhelming.....— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) July 26, 2017
....victory and cannot be burdened with the tremendous medical costs and disruption that transgender in the military would entail. Thank you— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) July 26, 2017
The announcement represents a major shift in US military policy; the decision will affect nearly 150,000 active and/or retired/veteran people on service in the US military.
The DoD's response to the Trump tweets: "Call the White House."
DoD has responded to Trump tweets on transgender service in the military: "Call the White House."— Elizabeth McLaughlin (@Elizabeth_McLau) July 26, 2017
Meanwhile, GLAAD calls Trump's announcement "a direct attack on transgender Americans."
And just like that, Caitlyin Jenner's Senate run gets a boost...
"I felt a great disturbance in the Farce, as if millions of snowflakes suddenly cried out in terror, and were suddenly silenced. I fear something terrible has happened."
Trump's decree could be a problem if this number is right:
There are, apparently, around 15,500 transgender individuals either serving on active duty or in the National Guard or Army Reserve already. https://t.co/2MMjjUgO21— Stig Abell (@StigAbell) July 26, 2017
The Defense Department estimates as many as 7,000 transgender troops serve in the active-duty force of 1.3 million.
President Obama's final defense secretary, Ash Carter, issued a directive last year that permitted transgender troops to serve in the military, and to undergo reassignment surgery. That step left a decision for Trump Secretary of Defense James Mattis to make a decision on whether to allow new transgender troops to enter the military.
It wasn't immediately clear what Trump's announcement would mean for the approximately 250 transgender people now serving openly in the U.S. military.
Here is one Delta Force Operator's reality check (via IJR.com)... All soldiers in the U.S. Army are now required to take a 50-minute training course on transgender sensitivity. Independent Journal Review wanted to know what veterans who have trained thousands of soldiers to fight in combat think about the news.
We spoke with U.S. Army Master Sergeant (Ret.) and Delta Force Operator Dale Comstock. Comstock has seen more war than the average American can wrap their head around. In fact, he's served in every major campaign from Grenada in 1983 to present-day conflicts.
"This whole political-social experiment is not helping. The reality is, it's in the Army, it's in the Navy, it's in the military. And unless Mattis and Trump rescind all these policies and stop this madness, it's here to stay.
It affects morale and combat readiness on many levels. At the end of the day, war fighting is about one thing: Killing people. It's about bringing home our guys alive. It's not about being sensitive to a transgender. This isn't corporate America, this is the military.
You can't just put some policy in place because you want people to feel equal. Most guys who join the military, especially special operations forces, were the boys who had dirt clod fights on the playground, wrestled and fist fought, stole each other's girlfriends, and pledged allegiance to the flag. And that same spirit and apex predator mindset goes with us into the military."