Although the Pentagon explicitly bans transgendered Americans from fighting for their country, Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel is ready to consider changing the rules.
Honestly this makes me sick to my stomach. I served for eight years. This total destruction of our US military is going down without a fight which pisses me even more. Hagel, who many thought wasn’t fit to be in charge of the Defense Department is totally following orders from Barack Obama on this one and it’s sad.
“I go back to the bottom line: Every qualified American who wants to serve our country should have an opportunity, if they fit the qualifications and can do it,” Hagel told ABC News.
If reviewed and negated, Hagel acknowledged that more nuanced policies would have to be incorporated into combat procedures.
“The issue of transgender is bit more complicated because it has a medical component to it,” he continued. “These issues require medical attention. Austere locations where we put our men and women in many cases don’t always provide that kind of opportunity.”
Earlier this year Surgeon General Joycelyn Elders said there is “no compelling medical rationale” to ban transgendered soldiers from serving in the military.
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