The Ghost of Obama Haunts the US Army – New Shower Policy for Transgenders

Family Research Council

There may be privates in the Army, but there’s no privacy. That may be the biggest takeaway from the mandatory “transgender soldiers training,” which took place on bases across the country Tuesday. In a major break from precedent, the military’s largest branch is warning female soldiers to expect biological men in their showers. That’s just one of the mind-blowing changes the Army is bracing for on July 1st, along with “male pregnancies” and taxpayer-funded gender reassignment. Unfortunately, this will be the new normal for the U.S. military until the Trump administration steps in and frees the Pentagon from the grip of the Obama years.

As most service members will tell you, Obama’s radicalism didn’t end when his term did. The social extremism that characterized the last eight years still haunts the Defense Department at a time when the military can least afford it. With ISIS torching its way across the Middle East, our troops shouldn’t be torn between its role securing America and securing the Left’s radical social agenda. The administration needs to decide: does it want an army of cultural guinea pigs or a lethal force defending America? Because the latest crises prove that our military can’t — and shouldn’t have to — do both.

For now, though, the Army has no choice but to ready their ranks for the latest wave of social engineering. In slides released by branch leaders yesterday, Americans got a taste of how far the military has departed from the proud warfighting traditions of the past. In perhaps the most shocking development, soldiers are advised that they “must accept living and working conditions that are often austere, primitive, and characterized by little or no privacy.” Among other things, service members are ordered to use the billeting, bathroom, and shower facilities associated with their “gender marker.” If women express discomfort “showering with a female who has male genitalia,” it will be up to the commander to make accommodations – or not. In some situations, as FRC’s Lt. General Jerry Boykin (U.S. Army-Ret.) points out, there’s no such luxury. In infantry units or battlefield scenarios, leaders don’t have time to sort out bathing schedules.

“Given that America doesn’t have a strategy to defeat ISIS or win the war in Afghanistan, it seems to me that we should be spending our time and resources defeating terrorists, instead of paying people to come up with ridiculous policies like this one,” said a frustrated General Boykin. “It does nothing to improve readiness or to fight and win the nation’s wars — which is the only question leaders should care about.” Just think of the millions of dollars it took to develop and implement this training for every soldier and civilian employed by the Army. And every cent spent on this politically correct exercise is money that could have gone to preparing troops for war. Every second wasted in transgender etiquette is time that could have been spent on the rifle range or in real training.

What’s worse, sexual assault and rape are already sky-high in the military. Surely, the DOD’s answer isn’t throwing open the women’s showers to naked men. That’s not only dangerous, but degrading. In the real world, public indecency is a crime. No man can walk down the street and expose himself to women. But in the military, we’re going to say this is the price of “inclusivity?” It’s absurd. As the dad of three daughters, I can tell you that if this policy is implemented, I’ll be like the millions of other fathers and grandfathers who would never recommend that their daughters enter the military. And in an Army that’s shrunk to World War II levels, that’ll hurt both recruiting and retention.

Here’s another one you can put in your “I-never-thought-I’d-see-the-day” file: the Army’s policy on male pregnancy. In one of its sample vignettes, troops are told to imagine that a soldier has “complete Army gender transition from female to male as indicated in DEERS. The soldier did not have sex reassignment surgery, and recently stopped taking male hormones in order to try and start a family. Today, the soldier approached his commanding offer to discuss hisnewly confirmed pregnancy.” According to the Army, “transgender soldiers will be treated the same as any other soldier with a given medical condition.” That means, “all pregnant soldiers will receive prenatal care and are entitled to all relevant medical care, administrative entitlements, and leave prescribed under service policies. Commanders and units will comply with all policies related to pregnant soldiers.” No wonder the Army and Marine Corps have asked for a two-year delay on implementing the guidance. They’ll need that time to add paternity wards!

The moral landmines left behind by Obama are about to detonate — and in 15 days, when America officially rolls out the red carpet for a group of emotionally unstable recruits, the effects will be catastrophic. Of course, the good news is that putting the brakes on this distraction is as easy as issuing a memo. If Donald Trump and Secretary Mattis truly care about rebuilding the military, they have two weeks to prove it.