A letter signed by 17 retired U.S. military flag-rank officers expressed gratitude for President Trump’s “extremely courageous decision” to reverse former President Obama’s “transgender social experiment.”
The letter dated July 27 – signed by three lieutenant generals, seven major generals, three brigadier generals, an admiral, a vice admiral, and a Marine Corps veteran – reads as follows:
“We write today to express our gratitude to you for making the extremely courageous decision to reverse President Obama’s transgender social experiment. There may be an enormous amount of vitriol directed at you for making this policy correction, but please know that overturning this policy may have done more in the long-term to save the culture and war-fighting capacity of the U.S. military than perhaps any other military policy you will adopt as president.”
One of the letter’s signers, Paul Vallely, later told Breitbart News that Obama’s imposed transgender military policy “is not compatible with the mission of the military” and conflicted with the military’s requirement to be “ready to go to battle to protect America.”
The letter goes on to state that by keeping Obama’s transgender military policy in effect, it would likely result in a “very high” fiscal cost to the government, citing a Family Research Council estimate of “between $1.9 billion and $3.7 billion over 10 years.”
“In addition, allowing transgender individuals to enlist would attract those persons who hope to have taxpayers pay for their ‘transitioning,’ including hormone replacement therapies and elective surgeries.”
“Even if it can be scientifically demonstrated that gender reassignment procedures medically benefit some individuals, there will still be concerns about the deployability of these individuals. DoD guidelines require that those serving in the military be ‘medically adaptable to the military environment without the necessity of geographic area limitations.’ However, both hormone therapy and gender reassignment surgery result in the need for specialized medical care which will not be available in all geographic locations,” the officers wrote.
They also point out other issues such as “time lost due to the non-deployability of the person transitioning” and “time taken away from commanding officers for transgender case management,” which they argue could be better spent on “training or thinking about how to engage and defeat our enemies in combat.”
“Mr. President, we note that your bold decision is supported by the American people who have a great reverence for the military,” the officers’ letter states. “We believe you will be rewarded for this brave decision by the American people.” The letter also mentions a June Rasmussen survey released shortly before Trump announced a policy change that found “just 23 percent of likely U.S. voters think the U.S. military’s decision to allow openly transgender people to serve is good for the military.”
“Once again, thank you for your focus on preserving the military effectiveness, morale, and social cohesion of the United States Armed Forces,” the letter concluded.
On Friday, Lieutenant General William “Jerry” Boykin (Ret.), who is also executive vice president of the Family Research Council, took to Facebook to voice his support for Trump’s decision, saying:
“To say that I am pleased to see #PresidentTrump put a stop to this #transgender madness in the #military would be an understatement. It is another indicator to me that our new #President is truly focused on #militaryreadiness. The transgender policy as designed contributed nothing to that readiness.”
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