(From the Washington Post)
LESS THAN five years after the repeal of “don’t ask, don’t tell,” the U.S. military is taking the next step toward treating all service members fairly. Defense Secretary Ashton B. Carter announced Monday that next year, after a six-month study, transgender Americans will be allowed to serve openly in the armed forces. It’s a long overdue shift toward justice for the country and those who defend it.
Transgender in the military – interviews
This old sailor doesn’t think this transgender military is such a good idea.
Perhaps they would fit into and do a good job in the “day job” functioning of the Navy, the radio shack, sonar shack, ships store and office.
But take a look at the day-by-day night-by-night life of a long term deployment on a Navy Destroyer of the type I served on in the mid-sixties. The young men you see averaged about 22 years of age (I was 20), and as you can see we were crammed into some pretty tight places and had to work and live with one another in close quarters.
The jobs we had were jobs for men, not jobs for women, and especially not jobs for men or women who were confused about what sex they were. Fortunately back then we didn’t have to concern ourselves with such matters and didn’t have to worry about falling in love with or having an affair with someone in the next bunk. We didn’t talk about it, but we pretty much knew who we were …
Sorry to have to educate the PhD psychologists and DoD bureaucrats, but human nature seldom if ever changes, and the problems of mixing all manner of sexual flavors (in reality there are only two) in small combat units is not a matter of fairness, but rather a matter of assigning the best men for the job. As much as I like “The Last Ship”, naval combat is a man’s job.
Take a look at Some interesting video of life at sea:
- US Navy Film: Improving Shipboard Living Conditions, 1953
- USN USS Saufley DD465 1952 Living Conditions
- US Navy Training Video 1943: This Ship is Ours
(Again from the Washington Post)
… One final, federal frontier is the military, where Defense Secretary Ashton B. Carter, when asked about the ban on transgender service members, said that his test was simple: “Are they going to be excellent service members?”
Is this is a frontier we want to enter as a culture?
… under a first-in-the-nation policy quietly enacted in January that many parents are only now finding out about, 15-year-olds are now allowed to get a sex-change operation. Many residents are stunned to learn they can do it without parental notification — and the state will even pay for it through its Medicaid program, the Oregon Health Plan.
… “It is trespassing on the hearts, the minds, the bodies of our children,” said Lori Porter of Parents’ Rights in Education. “They’re our children. And for a decision, a life-altering decision like that to be done unbeknownst to a parent or guardian, it’s mindboggling.”
A fifteen year old undergoing sex change … and parents noticing and concerned with the the change but not knowing that it’s happening under the guidance of school officials who will soon disappear from the child’s influence?
How is this different from Nazi Germany in the 1930s and 1940s?
It was a California law that, no matter what, was bound to generate interest: Public school students would be allowed to use bathrooms and locker rooms corresponding with their gender identities, not their anatomy at birth.
Transgender rights advocates hailed the first-of-its-kind measure, signed by Gov. Jerry Brown two years ago, as a significant victory.
Will we be seeing hormonally charged 15 year old boys declaring themselves to be girls one day and demanding to go to the girls locker room to shower? This is institutionally sanctioned insanity.
Don Johnson – July 2015