Next week, the House of Representatives will vote on the National Defense Authorization Act for FY 2018 (“NDAA”), and your Representative needs to hear from you about the need to roll back Obama’s military transgender mandate. Tell your representative to vote for Representative Vicky Hartzler’s (R-Mo.) amendment to the NDAA, to roll back the requirement that the military recruit people who identify as transgender, to stop taxpayer dollars from funding gender transition efforts, and to include conscience protections for service members who do not wish to provide or affirm gender transition efforts.
While the Department of Defense has delayed the implementation of the Obama-era policy for six months, the military will soon be forced to begin recruiting personnel who identify as transgender for military service. This is despite the fact that those suffering from gender dysphoria have a psychological and medical condition that until one year ago made them ineligible for military service. Allowing people who identify as transgender to serve in the military, much-less be recruited for the military, will have a negative impact on readiness, recruitment, and retention, as well as unit morale and cohesion. This is particularly true because personnel who identify as transgender are expected to receive exceptions to policies and medical requirements that ... (more)