"Donald J. Trump (Verified account) @realDonaldTrump
....victory and cannot be burdened with the tremendous medical costs and disruption that transgender in the military would entail. Thank you
9:08 AM - 26 Jul 2017"
My personal response to President Trump's announcement on July 26th 2017 is not a short answer. I have THREE PARTS to state to you. They are:
1. Professional opinion
2. Somewhat a question
3. Social experiments in the military
4. Paying for gender reassignment
5. My feeling/emotion
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Professional Opinion: Style of announcement
Anyone who knows me knows that I vote on a local level and rarely vote for presidents. I am an independent whom generally focuses on local elections at the state level down to the town. The reason for this fits this announcement perfectly. The world get all hung up over presidential words and actions, yet forget about how effective local elections, local leaders and being a strong citizen is. Once again, people are in an uproar spending energy over something a U.S. president said, rather than spending that energy on something local (where your efforts actually can come to fruition). I somewhat don't care about his decision, but more concerned about how he announced it. I think such a complex decision should have been expressed in at least two to three paragraphs on video and in a press conference; not on a tiny Twitter tweet.
Somewhat a question
Being the analytic and deep thinker that I am, my question for those currently in the military is how the supply chain works. This is a subject that I don't think anyone has really paid attention to. Maybe it does not deserve much focus, but here is my thought. When women were introduced into combat zones they had to change supply systems a bit to accommodate the the needs females have. That being said, my question is how does that change with transgenders? For example, women generally will need tampons unless they are on a hormone medication. If you're signed up as female and you don't need tampons, how does that affect the supply chain if at all? Maybe I'm being too specific. Maybe this is over analytical. If it is over-analytical, than what else is there to complain about them being in the service.
The military is not a place for social experiments in my opinion. Now obviously the phrase "social experiment" is subjective, but I think we could all agree if you come up with a plan to do something socially with no basis to start it; it's an experiment. If you have a large amount of certain people knocking on the door to join something, and under the current rules they are not allowed, then review it.
The military should not pay for gender reassignment. This is my opinion because you are not joining to get a doctor, you are joining because you will honorably accept the military code of honor. Medical in the military is to maintain and repair you, not change you.
My thoughts on transgenders (females in combat, African Americans, Asians, former inmates) in the military:
We gave females in combat, African Americans, Asian, and inmates a hard time and they all proved themselves. Why not transgenders?
I feel that if you can uphold the military code of honor in the branch that you're in, if you fly the American flag with pride of your country, and you can make it through the training required for the position that you were chosen or chose then go for it! Let it be! If you are willing to sacrifice and fight for our red, white & blue, who am I to say no to that? I bleed red, white & blue. If you do to then let's roll!
Being that I was in the U.S. Marines, I don't care what you gender qualify as, your skin color, or what food you eat. I do want confidence that my fellow U.S. soldiers can pick up the rifle, shoot straight and far. I do want confidence that my fellow soldier to can cover me in the line of fire, as I will cover them. we will fight and keep each other safe. I do want confidence that my fellow soldiers are willing to pick up the shovel and sandbags to help our American citizens in times of harsh weather and unwanted events.
To fight, save and care for has no gender or color.
Daniel Black www.danielblack.net