It’s love-40 and this is game/set/match for the U.S. military.
The Pentagon announced Monday that it will allow transgender members of the military to serve openly starting next year, marking an end to a long-standing policy that barred them from the armed forces.
In an echo of the Defense Department’s repeal of the ban on gays in uniform four years ago, Defense Secretary Ashton B. Carter said he had directed the armed forces to devise new rules over the next six months that would allow transgender troops to serve, except in situations “where objective, practical impediments are identified.”
“We must ensure that everyone who’s able and willing to serve has the full and equal opportunity to do so, and we must treat all our people with the dignity and respect they deserve,” Carter said in a statement. He called the military’s current regulations “outdated” and said they were “causing uncertainty that distracts commanders from our core missions.”
If the military had any moral fortitude, this will dissipate whatever remained. Will Christian parents encourage their sons or daughters to join the military now?
The SCOTUS Obergefell decision was a high water mark for the rainbow elephant crowd. And the SECDEF used that “dignity” term, fresh from the SCOTUS definition of it out of the 14th Amendment.
The American military is on the decline, and by its own choosing.