Carter said if a member of the armed forces wishes to swap genders while serving on active duty, that person may be able to do so “if a military medical provider determines it is necessary,” according to reports.
If any soldier would like to take a further step and undergo gender reassignment surgery, the Pentagon would cover the medical costs, Carter added.
“Effective immediately, transgender Americans may serve openly,” Carter said. “They can no longer be discharged or otherwise separated from the military just for being transgender.”
The new position came despite the objections of some at the highest ranks of the military, who have called transgenderism a social experiment that could potentially harm the military’s effectiveness in combat.
As of this October, a portion of the training hours of servicemen and women will be devoted to explaining how the new rules about transgenderism will affect them.
A report by the RAND Corporation, commissioned by Carter, alleged that if the Pentagon did not cover medical procedures including hormone therapy and surgery, transgender service members would probably not seek medical care and could have higher rates of substance abuse and suicide.
In point of fact, however, suicide rates are twenty times higher among adults who use cross-sex hormones and undergo sex reassignment surgery, even in Sweden which is among the most LGBTQ – affirming countries in the world.
The American College of Pediatricians recently issued a statement saying that a people who believe they are members of the opposite sex suffer from “an objective psychological problem” that “lies in the mind not the body, and it should be treated as such.”
Such individuals suffer from gender dysphoria (GD), formerly listed as Gender Identity Disorder (GID), the doctors noted, “a recognized mental disorder in the most recent edition of the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of the American Psychiatric Association.”
The whole concept of “gender dysphoria” is completely unproven and physiologically unfounded. If a soldier decides he or she is a dog or a chair, will the military also accommodate that mental confusion?
The military is for rational and focused individuals who want to serve their country and conform to the military standards and training. It is not for individuals who are trying to find themselves and want to do it on the taxpayer dime. But the Obama administration is antagonistic to the military, and is willing to implement almost any program that will demoralize our military forces and cause disunity and dissension in the ranks. This certainly is one aspect that will do just that, and it is a tragedy that such a preposterous social experiment is being perpetrated on the proud members of the U.S. military.