ALERT: Military Readiness or Social Agenda

Defense Secretary James Mattis recommended to President Trump on February 23rd that transgender people be able to serve in the military. His statement undermines the President’s announcement from August prohibiting the military from allowing transgender people to serve.  Not only does this pose a burden on taxpayers and is an assault on the privacy of individuals, but it also weakens America’s defenses.

Taxpayers are projected to pay a whopping $3.7 billion over the next ten years on sex-reassignment surgery and hormone therapy for those in the military who are choosing to transition. Included is the time lost while the individual transitions which can take up to four months to a year or longer depending on complications. Secretary Mattis has put a caveat in his recommendation by limiting non-deployable personnel time off for up to one year. However, even after the transition is complete, they require specialized medicine that would need to be available at all deployable locations. Currently, someone with diabetes cannot serve in the military for this exact reason. What makes someone suffering from gender dysphoria any different?

The Center for Military Readiness issued a statement pointing out several concerns such as the bias in the Pentagon’s forthcoming review on transgenders in the military, invasion of privacy, and the damaging indoctrination of our children on this issue among others. To read their statement, click here.

Eagle Forum signed a coalition letter with 137 conservative leaders, including 46 high ranking retired military veterans, to expose the misuse of power that was exerted by several federal judges who issued injunctions to ban the President’s Memorandum. It also urged the Department of Defense to listen to organizations and individuals who have grave concerns about this issue having a negative effect on military readiness. The President must know that Secretary Mattis is on the wrong side of this issue.

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Mattis Transgender Trial Balloon Won’t Fly

Immediate Release February 23, 2018
Contact:  Elaine Donnelly, CMR President
(734) 464-9430

Defense Department Should Challenge Federal Courts Who
Are Running the Military has reported: Mattis Recommends Keeping Transgender Troops in Military.  In addition, Fox News reported: Mattis Expected to Back Transgender Troops – If They Can   Deploy, Official Says.  The following comments may be attributed to Elaine Donnelly, President of the Center for Military Readiness:

“The Defense Secretary’s trial balloon, if accurately described, will not fly.  Such a plan would be unworkable and unfaithful to orders that President Donald Trump has every right to issue.  As explained in this new article, such a plan also would be inconsistent with commitments already made during the 2016 election campaign and in the first year of the Administration:

“Speculative news reports suggest that Defense Secretary James Mattis is not fully prepared to deliver the objective information and sound recommendations that President Trump requested in his August 25 Memorandum.  This may be a consequence of inviting a high-level Obama holdover to chair the “Panel of Experts” that Secretary Mattis set up to review the transgender issue.

“Instead of capitulating to federal courts without defending presidential prerogatives, Secretary Mattis should call for an immediate petition to the U.S. Supreme Court, requesting intervention to stop federal district judges from running our military on the transgender issue or any other matter of national security.

“In the meantime, the DoD also should protect presidential prerogatives by issuing court-ordered contracts to transgender applicants on a conditional basis.  It is only fair to inform applicants who suffer from gender dysphoria that if the government prevails in pending litigation, their enlistment or re-enlistment contracts would be void.

“Finally, the Defense Department should put an end to subsidies for transgender surgeries, discontinue Pentagon “LGBT Pride” events, and revoke all Obama-era directives that force military personnel to act upon unscientific theories about gender “transitions” that are biologically impossible.

“The trial balloon plans, if true, would do nothing about privacy violation issues in gender-specific private facilities, ethical conflicts for medical personnel, or deployability problems caused by extended absences for therapies, surgeries, and/or 3 to 12 months for “real life experience” (RLE) living as persons of the opposite sex.

“Nor would the reported recommendations put an end to constant transgender indoctrination training programs, or deter inevitable demands to extend transgender treatments and even surgeries to military dependent children.

“Convoluted policies that do not improve military readiness are not about combat lethality, they are about political correctness, which President Trump promised to eliminate in the military.

 Secretary Mattis should remember to ask a simple question: How would my recommendations improve mission readiness and combat lethality?  No other consideration is more important than that.  

Center for Military Readiness is an independent public policy organization that reports on and analyzes military/social issues.  More information is available on the CMR website,  CMR President Elaine Donnelly can be reached at

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