On Wednesday, Donald Trump reversed one of Barack Obama’s most odious military policy decisions. Trump tweeted, “After consultation with my Generals and military experts, please be advised that the United States Government will not accept or allow transgender individuals to serve in any capacity in the U.S. Military. Our military must be focused on decisive and overwhelming victory and cannot be burdened with the tremendous medical costs and disruption that transgender in the military would entail. Thank you.”
This is welcome news and a return to some vestige of sanity for much of America and specifically military personnel, whose morale suffered for years as Obama treated the Armed Forces as his political social engineering project. Once again the military can go back to focusing on its primary objective of training, developing and preparing for what it does best — killing the enemy and winning wars, not crusading as social justice warriors for a corrupt, politically correct ideology.
According to a recent RAND study commissioned by the Pentagon, the military’s estimated annual medical cost to accommodate transgenders would have been at least $8.4 million. And the expense would in no way benefit the primary objective of the military. Greater than the cost of accommodating transgender medical bills, however, is the cultural degradation the military would have suffered while forcing compliance to the politically correct policy.