Your Representative serves on the House Armed Services Committee (“HASC”) and on Wednesday, will have the opportunity to vote for amendments to the National Defense Authorization Act for FY 2018 (“NDAA”) that will roll back Obama’s Military Transgender mandate. Tell your representative to vote for Representative Hartzler’s amendments to the NDAA that will roll back the requirement that the military recruit transgender persons, stop taxpayer dollars from funding gender transition efforts, and include conscience protections for service members who do not wish to provide or affirm gender transition efforts.
If the Department of Defense does not act to indefinitely delay the Obama-era policy, the military will soon be forced to begin recruiting transgender persons for military service. This is despite the fact that those suffering from gender dysphoria have a psychological and medical condition that just one year ago made them ineligible for military service. Allowing transgender persons 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 transgender persons are expected to receive exceptions to policies and medical requirements other service members will still be required to meet. These exceptions to policy include issues ranging from physical and mental fitness standards to dress and presentation standards, and create an unfairness in the military that will undermine unit cohesion and morale.
In addition, the Obama-era transgender mandate does not provide conscience protections for medical and counseling providers, like chaplains, who do not think it is in the interest of the patient to attempt to undergo gender transition. The policy also does not provide conscience protections for military leaders or personnel who may have objections to being required to share sleeping or bathing facilities with persons of the opposite biological and anatomical sex. Therefore, the House Armed Services Committee must act to secure conscience protections and the freedom to believe for service members who disagree with the Obama-era transgender policy.
Taxpayer-dollars also need to be protected from funding sex reassignment surgery and hormone therapy efforts intended to attempt to change a person’s gender. Estimates for these efforts over a ten year period are in excess of $1 billion, and some more comprehensive estimates show the transgender mandate costing taxpayers more than $3 billion over the next ten years. This is not a good use of taxpayer funds.
The House Armed Services Committee will vote on Representative Hartzler’s amendments on Wednesday. Tell your Representative to vote for Mrs. Hartzler’s amendments to roll back the Obama administration’s transgender mandate on the military by calling your Representative at (202) 224-3121,or email your Representative at the link below.