On Wednesday, President Trump sent out a tweet storm announcing his ban on transgender individuals from being able to serve in the American military “in any capacity.” Ostensibly, this decision came as a surprise to US Joint Chiefs of Staffs due to the policy’s unconventional roll out. But was the policy manifested from the early morning tweets one that was necessary? Without a doubt.
I feel as though it is important to preface this with a simple yet seemingly overlooked phrase: as a US citizen, you do not have a right to serve in the military. Nobody does. One’s prerogative to serve is not endowed upon them by God nor is it protected and emboldened by the Constitution. For that reason, thousands of Americans that heroically wish to serve are prevented from doing so due to even the most minor physical and psychological detractions. The litmus test that stops those admirably wanting to serve in America’s armed forces may be perceived as harsh. However, abrasiveness is essential. It is essential that military readiness, squad coherence, and being able to work through some of the most taxing situations in one’s life be up to par. The only way to ensure that is to have the America’s best of the best serving in the military, exclusively. Otherwise, the trichotomy that safeguards America’s ability to defend itself and its citizenry will fall apart.
The fact is that having service men and women in the transgender state of mind hurts military readiness; it does not make America safer nor does it advocate for the pursuance of any issues worthy of being tackled. It does precisely the opposite. According to a Military Times survey published in early 2017, after Obama allowed servicemen and women to openly serve as transgender, a whopping 41% of those surveyed in the military stated that the Obama administration’s policy negatively impacted squad readiness. Compare that with 12% saying Obama’s policy abetted readiness. Those numbers, quite different from one another, are unsurprising. Transgenderism is a mental illness with a high linkage to suicidality, depression, and other chronic psychological issues. Having a transgender presence in the military creates immense social tension, questions of merit (can a man be accepted into the military under a woman’s standards if he thinks he’s a woman?), as well as gender full integration in some of the most intimate settings, such as showers.
The policy prescription came unexpectedly — which is to be expected from President Trump. It should be no doubt to anyone that the ban should have come from someone with an in-depth knowledge of the American military, such as Defense Secretary James Mattis. Instead, it came from President Trump, a man that the left routinely deems a draft dodger, on the anniversary of President Truman’s desegregation of the military — moral good. The media had a headline, souring a pragmatic decision by shrouding it with negative headlines. “President Trump is a huge jerk for banning transgender Americans from military — and doing so in tweets,” “The Cruelty and Cynicism of Trump’s Transgender Ban,” are just some of the bevy of headlines designed to sling mud at President Trump’s unrefined process of politicking. If James Mattis, a seasoned general who knows the military very well and fathoms the transgender issue and reasons for the ban, we would see much less negative press and therefore a brighter public outlook on the ban from the public.
The transgender military ban is a sensible piece of policy aimed at protecting the American people on its face; but when pushed by Trump in an abnormal way, illuminated is the way in which good policy becomes tarnished. The mainstream media is already biased against Republicans and Donald Trump — handing them ammunition and firepower is not the way to have a successful presidency. That being said, Presiden Trump has yet to even craft the specifics, abdicating that for the time being in favor of simply tweeting about it.