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The Military Discriminates All the Time — And That’s a Good Thing

The howling from the media and leftists on the internet started literally within seconds of Trump’s series of tweets announcing that transgender people would not be accepted into the military. (For the record, he never should have announced it via Twitter — that’s not the place to make reforms to the military.) Most of these cries have involved the typical accusations of civil rights violations and discrimination. But these complaints presume that military service is a right. They forget that the military discriminates all the time — as it should.

The military only accepts people who meet its basic standards for physical and mental fitness to serve. If you can’t meet basic standards for service, the military will say “thanks, but no thanks.”

I myself have a litany of medical issues that would preclude me from serving. If the military rejects me because I have asthma and cannot complete basic training, have they violated my civil rights? Of course not. If they reject someone because he has chronic depression, have they violated his civil rights? No. If they reject someone because he is 72 years old, have they violated his civil rights? They have simply made a determination that he is not capable — at this time — of meeting the rigorous demands of military service.

The category “transgender” is mainly used to refer to individuals with gender dysphoria (formerly gender identity disorder), a recognized mental condition classified by the DSM-V as a mental disorder. Persons with gender dysphoria deserve our compassion, and no one with a mental disorder, be it depression or bipolar or any of the hundreds of them, should be stigmatized.

But no one has a right to serve in our military. It’s not like a public school where anyone can get in. It doesn’t matter if you want to serve; it matters if your service is a net asset to the military. If someone is not physically or mentally capable, he or she should not serve. And if accepting a person requires dozens of policy changes and creates division among service members and lowers morale, he or she should not serve.

It’s that simple. Let’s stop turning our military into the latest proxy battle of the culture wars.

Thomas Valentine

Thomas Valentine is a columnist for TheNationalPulse.com.

  • Homosexuality and those trying to figure out if they are men or women, are neither one civil rights. It is a human right NOT a civil right.

    • Homosexuality is an innate characteristic and therefore entitled to human and civil rights.

      Shame on you.

  • “The military only accepts people who meet its basic standards for physical and mental fitness to serve. If you can’t meet basic standards for service, the military will say “thanks, but no thanks.”

    Good point! Hundreds of transgender soldiers are now serving our country. These heroes obviously have met these standards of service, standards Valentine himself has been unable to meet. It sounds to me like Valentine is jealous that many transgender citizens are qualified to be soldiers and he doesn’t measure up.

    It sounds to me like he is a delicate snowflake.

    • They new what gender they were when they got into the military. They decided after they were in that they felt like they were opposite of what they were born. Shame on you.

    • Neither of us are transgender and cannot describe from personal experience what they knew or did not know before entering the service. What we know is that they qualified. Their transition did not negate those qualifications.
      Shame on you.