Last week, President Donald Trump announced that he wants to ban transgender people from serving in the military. Fifty-six retired officers slammed this choice in an open letter.
Trump’s announcement appealed to some in his conservative base; however, many people slammed it. The officers in the letter said that the ban would cause “significant disruptions.” They said that the move would “degrade readiness” even more than “don’t ask, don’t tell.”
The letter was released by the Palm Center, a public policy think tank.
The former officers wrote:
“Patriotic transgender Americans who are serving – and who want to serve – must not be dismissed, deprived of medically necessary health care, or forced to compromise their integrity or hide their identity.”
They also said that the ban would force soldiers to out their comrades or risk disobeying policy.
Some transgender troops reacted to the proposed ban by tweet as well.
Army Captain Jennifer Peace was on vacation when she received news of Trump attempting to tweet-fire. She said:
“I know a transgender drill sergeant, a transgender helicopter pilot, a fixed-wing aircraft pilot, a combat medic, an infantry squad leader—more critical roles than I think people imagine. If all these people are suddenly pulled from their positions and fired overnight, what does that do to unit readiness? What does that do to unit morale when the person you rely on is suddenly gone?”
Navy Lieutenant Commander Blake Dremann said:
“We don’t accomplish our mission without every service member showing up to give their all.”
It’s great to see such a backlash against this bigoted policy plan.
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