SecDef Mattis protects his “children” – Delays Trump’s Transgender Ban
I can’t even begin to say how happy I am about this.
#SecDef #mattis knows 15,000 transgender troops serve in the military. The “Monk General”, who claims the military as his family, won’t abandon those who are already serving.
I’m not saying he won’t implement this plan sometime in the far future, but Mattis isn’t going to follow POTUS Trump’s plan to ban these military members immediately and uproot their careers and families. All of these transgender military members have served in battle and/or served supporting the war cause. To uproot them from their careers and homes would not only do a disservice to them, but also negativity affect morale and combat readiness in their units.
What Mattis has done with his delay, based on future planning and talks with those already serving, is put into place options for those serving. It gives them breathing room to decide what they really wish to do. Some transgender military members may make other plans in the civilian sector, put in a retirement packet, or continue serving and see what happens in the next election.
Some people say he should do more and stop POTUS Trump in his tracks. That would only lead to Mattis being fired for a more Trump friendly general. This would do nothing but harm any LGBTQ in the military and no one wants that.
Mattis has agreed to some of Trump’s plans, but not destroying the careers of those serving. It’s unfair to those who want to join. I’m totally on board with that cause, but in such an ugly anti-LGBTQ environment, this is a compromise which saves the careers and families of 15,000 service men and women.
No matter what happens in the future, this delay helps everyone take a breath, step back, regroup, and decide a plan which is best for everyone.
Any delay to help those already serving is a good victory in my book.
Until next time…Be safe, be kind, be happy, and take time to love one another. We’re all in this together.
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