According to the Wall Street Journal, the White House is preparing to send official guidance to the Pentagon on how to implement the transgender ban announced by President Trump last month. After much speculation in the media about whether or not Trump was seriously going to follow through on the ban, the report should put any such questions to rest.
Under the new policy, Trump will give Defense Secretary Jim Mattis space to determine whether or not currently-enlisted transgender service members should be kicked out of the military, but the clock has run out on gender-confused Americans who want to sign up for the nation’s fighting forces. Once the guidance is implemented by the Pentagon, military brass will no longer accept transgender applicants into the military and the federal government will no longer spend any money on medical treatment programs for those currently serving and/or transitioning.
Secretary Mattis will reportedly be given six months to completely implement the ban.
While the media is portraying this as some wild, reckless move on Trump’s part – an unprecedented step backwards in the arena of social progress – the truth is that it’s really…no big deal. The ban was only lifted a year ago by President Obama and very few of the policies had even gone into effect. Obama’s move was the radical event, not Trump’s. Our president has merely restored basic sanity to the military’s admissions policies, in full accordance with our nation’s security needs – to say nothing of the will of the American public.
Most importantly, perhaps, is that there will be no further need for Congress to debate over how much taxpayer money we use to fund the hormonal/surgical needs of our transgender enlistees. The answer is now very simple: $0.00. Fact is, if we have enough money to pay for our soldiers to transition from one gender to the other, we have too much money stuffing up the federal coffers. Time for a rebate. At the very least, time to reallocate those funds for a much better purpose.