This week, the House of Representatives will vote on the National Defense Authorization Act for FY 2018 (“NDAA”), and your Member of Congress needs to hear from you about the need to stop Obama’s military transgender mandate. Tell your member to vote for Representative Vicky Hartzler’s (R-Mo.) amendment to the NDAA, which will prevent your tax dollars from being used to fund gender transition efforts such as sex-change operations and hormone therapies. This is currently permitted since the Obama Department of Defense (DOD) last year allowed persons who self-identify as transgender to serve in the military.
The DOD recently delayed for six months the second phase of the Obama-era policy, which instructs the military to recruit individuals who identify as transgender into the military. However, the military will soon be forced to begin recruiting self-identified transgender individuals for military service, and nothing will prohibit the DOD from using your tax dollars for their transition therapies and operations. 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.
Taxpayer dollars need to be protected from funding sex-change surgery and hormone therapy efforts intended to change a person’s gender. Estimates for these efforts, including the amount of time lost for the transition process, are about $3.7 billion over the next ten years. This is not a good use of taxpayer funds.
In fact, the military can better use these funds for example, by purchasing twenty-two F-35 Joint Strike Fighter Planes, which cost $166.7 million each, 116 Chinook Helicopters, which cost $31.8 million each, 3,700 Tomahawk missiles, which are $1 million each, or a new Destroyer for the Navy, which would be about $3.5 billion. Spending billions of dollars on transgender surgeries and treatment plans, when the military has other priorities that would actually ensure its effectiveness in war, is irresponsible.
The House of Representatives will vote on Rep. Hartzler’s amendment this week. Call your Member of Congress and urge them to vote for Mrs. Hartzler’s amendment to ensure your tax dollars do not fund gender transition services for military service members by calling (202) 224-3121.