By Bob Unruh
Defense Secretary James Mattis should put “mission readiness” above social agendas in his recommendation to the White House regarding whether or not transgendered persons should serve in the military, contends a military expert.
Mattis on Friday delivered his recommendation to the White House, the Hill reported, but it was not released to the public.
A Pentagon spokesman declined to discuss the recommendation, but several published reports claimed Mattis recommended that people with gender dysphoria be allowed to continue in the military.
Elaine Donnelly, president of the Center for Military Readiness, warned that if true, there will be consequences for the military’s ability to defend the nation.
“The defense secretary’s trial balloon, if accurately described, will not fly. Such a plan would be unworkable and unfaithful to orders that President Donald Trump has every right to issue,” she said.
It also would be “inconsistent” with commitments already made during the 2016 election campaign and in the first year of the administration, she said.
President Trump said last July he believed transgenders should not be in the U.S. military, and he followed with a memo prohibiting the military from enlisting such volunteers and from using funds to pay for gender-transition-related surgery.
The memo instructed Mattis to review the issue and make a recommendation in six months.
While the review was underway, several courts were confronted with lawsuits claiming that transgendered individuals have a right to be in the military.
Donnelly said Mattis’ decision could have been influenced by an Obama appointee who headed a panel that reviewed the issue.
“Instead of capitulating to federal courts without defending presidential prerogatives, Secretary Mattis should call for an immediate petition to the U.S. Supreme Court, requesting intervention to stop federal district judges from running our military on the transgender issue or any other matter of national security,” she said.