Pentagon cozies up to transgender troops

A new report from a think tank that promotes transgenderism has revealed that the U.S. military has dropped a standard that until recently put transgender individuals on an automatic course that resulted in their dismissal from the ranks.

And the report’s message is in its title, “Military services have failed to comply with new Defense Department rules on transgender personnel.”

The report by Diane Mazur of the Palm Center said the Department of Defense on Aug. 5, 2014, “issued a new regulation that weakens the prohibition against transgender personnel in military service and requires reassessment of the policy.”

The report said even though the “ban” on transgenders being installed in the ranks continues, “DoD no longer requires the services (Army, Air Force, Navy/Marines) to separate or discharge transgender personnel.”

The report explains that the prohibition on transgenders is in two locations in military rules, those involving enlisting and those involved in retention.

The change involves the retention rules.

“Before Aug. 5, 2014, the now-canceled DODI 1332.38, Physical Disability Evaluation, established baseline medical standards for retention in military service on a department-wide level,” the report said.

There were several conditions listed that called for automatic “administration action,” or separation, the report said.

“Among those ‘conditions, circumstances and defects’ were ‘sexual gender and identity disorders, including sexual dysfunctions and paraphilias,’” the report said. “On Aug 5, however, the Pentagon eliminated its default list of medically disqualifying and administratively disqualifying conditions with the release of DODI 1332.18, Disability Evaluation System, and it now takes no position on which specific conditions should be disqualifying for continued military service.

“As a result, DoD no longer requires the services to designate transgender identity as grounds for separation,” the report said. “Instead of designating specific conditions that should lead to either medical referral or administrative separation, DoD now largely defers to the judgment of individual services. The new regulation retains the two-track system of medically and administratively disqualifying conditions but allows the services to decide which conditions should fall in either category.”

The report said as a result of the DoD change, “service-specific retention prohibitions are inconsistent with the new DoD-wide retention regulation.”

According a report in The Hill, several officers, including Lt. Gen. Claudia Kennedy, Maj. Gen. Vance Coleman and Rear Adm. Jamie Barnett, were advocating for changes in the regulations because of the August change.

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In a joint statement, they said, “Ultimate authority for ordering the elimination of discriminatory military policy rests with the president of the United States, and if the services decline to comply with DoD rules, or if DoD declines to eliminate discriminatory policy, the commander-in-chief should take executive action to effect the change.”

In the Military Times, Pentagon spokesman Lt. Cmdr. Nate Christensen said the change to the instruction “does not mean the Pentagon has altered its policy prohibiting service by transgender individuals.”

He explained the policy change involves “nonphysical disability medical conditions,” and the determination that in those situations it was inappropriate to apply a physical disability standard.

“It was not an all-encompassing list. … The deletion of that enclosure does not change or have any effect on the department’s policy regarding separations and consequently does not affect the department’s policy regarding military service by transgender individuals,” Christensen told the Times.

WND has reported how one of Obama’s major goals as president seems to have been to open the U.S. military to alternative sexual lifestyles of all sorts, and how that has created a lashing out against military members who support a traditional heterosexual lifestyle.

For example, a legal case has developed over an officer’s decision to stop two subordinate officers from engaging in a French-kissing “make-out” in public.

Because the subordinates are lesbian, the military is in the processing of removing that officer from the service.

The details are in a federal lawsuit filed against the service, charging violations of the officer’s constitutional rights. He claims the decision to dismiss him was influenced by the military’s desire for a highly visible mark of its success integrating homosexual behavior in the ranks.

The complaint was filed by the Thomas More Law Center on behalf of Lt. Col. Christopher Downey.

WND also reported earlier this year when Joycelyn Elders, the controversial ex-surgeon general who was fired by President Bill Clinton after recommending children be taught how to masturbate, released a report through the Palm Center advocating the incorporation of transgendered people into the U.S. military.

In that report from the Palm Center at San Francisco State University, a sex issues-oriented think tank, it was concluded that as people understand more now today about sexual deviation, there “is no compelling medical reason” for the U.S. military to bar transgenders.

That study also suggested Obama could bypass Congress and order the change himself.

Elders, who helped lead the study team, served only a brief period as the U.S. surgeon general under President Clinton and created multiple controversies with her sexually charged recommendations.

She ultimately was fired for saying at a conference about masturbation, “I think that is something that is a part of human sexuality, and it’s a part of something that perhaps should be taught. But we’ve not even taught our children the very basics. And I feel that we have tried ignorance for a very long time, and it’s time we try education.”

The study released by her team earlier this year said allowing transgenders to serve openly in the military, and in fact, supporting them by paying the costs of body-altering surgeries, would “advance a number of military interests.”

It’s unfair that the military still requires discharge for transgenders, the report found, citing the fact that the American Psychiatric Association’s “Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders, 5th Edition” no longer classifies the condition as a disorder.

Taxpayers should provide “cross-sex hormone treatment,” “medically necessary gender-confirming surgery” and “continuity of care,” the report advocated.

Elaine Donnelly, president of the Center for Military Readiness, which also opposed allowing open homosexuality among the military ranks, has argued the military’s goal is to defend the country, not serve as a giant social experiment.

“This is putting an extra burden on men and women in the military that they certainly don’t need and they don’t deserve,” she told CBS.

The report said the think tank is funded in part by a $1.3 million grant from Jennifer Pritzker, a billionaire former Army lieutenant colonel who came out as transgender.

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