Monday, August 7, 2017
Transgenders in combat forces - an unvarnished perspective
When President Trump announced he was going to ban the enlistment of transgender persons in the US armed forces, I wrote about the issue from a practical perspective - that of a veteran of military service, and of combat.
Now another military veteran has written about it from his own perspective, in a series of eighteen Tweets that graphically illustrate the reality of combat service. Here are just a few in the series.
There are many more at the link. The whole series is highly recommended reading.
From personal experience, I can vouch for the author's accuracy. Combat service is not a game, and it has no place and no time for political correctness, cultural relativism, gender sensitivity or anything else of that nature. If you get distracted by such nonsense, either you're going to die, or you're going to make mistakes that kill others in your unit. In either event, it will be your fault, and no-one else's.
There is no place, space, time or opportunity in combat to worry about transgender issues - and that means they can't be allowed to distract peacetime preparations for combat, either. That's it. End of discussion. That may be hurtful to some individuals, but military service is not about the individual. It's about the unit, and the larger unit to which the smaller unit belongs, and killing the enemy before he kills us.