RNC Votes to Support President Trump on Military Policy

February 8, 2018

by Dr. Carolyn McLarty

Gathering for its annual Winter Meeting last week in Washington, D.C., the Republican National Committee unanimously passed an important resolution (provided in full below) supporting President Trump’s policy regarding transgender personnel in the military.

President Trump initially tweeted his intentions on July 26th. In those tweets, he stated that “the U.S. Government will not accept or allow Transgender individuals to serve” in the military; and that the military “must be focused on decisive and overwhelming victory and cannot be burdened with the tremendous medical costs” and deployability problems that accommodating transgender people in the military entails.

At the RNC Summer Meeting in August, I first presented a supporting Resolution. However, the White House legal team was hesitant to allow the Resolution to move forward at that time because no official Order had been issued. It was promised that this could be brought up again after an official document had been filed.

That official document came in the form of a formal Memorandum filed on August 25th. The Memorandum simply directed the Departments of Defense and Homeland Security to maintain or restore recruitment policies that are based on medical and military realities, not on political correctness.

Gender dysphoria and confusion about gender identity are conditions that require compassion and competent psychological care. This reality should not be minimized nor politicized, as these disorders pose a serious internal struggle that can potentially result in life changing decisions. Treatments involve high costs and impact readiness when individuals are absent from their units for many months at a time.

Obama-era implementation plans called for extensive time off for ‘real life experience’ (RLE). This meant the individual would live as a person of the opposite sex, followed by powerful hormone treatments that can degrade performance. Treatments often include expensive, irreversible surgeries with long recovery times that render a person incapable of deployment. Sadly, there is no evidence that these extraordinary measures resolve the underlying psychological problems, which include high risks of suicide.

Other less-problematic physical and psychological conditions disqualify individuals from military service. For example, claustrophobia, anorexia, and seasickness are included on long lists of psychological and physical conditions that disqualify potential recruits. Gender dysphoria ought to remain on the psychological disqualification list as well.

Keep in mind that there is no constitutional right to serve in the military, and the armed forces are not just another equal opportunity employer.

The 2016 Republican National Platform states that Republicans reject the use of the military as a platform for social experimentation, and that military readiness should not be sacrificed on the altar of political correctness.

In August, the proposed Resolution focused on two main concerns: compromised military readiness and exorbitant medical costs. Fast forward to the present, and now there is a serious constitutional issue at stake.

Unsurprisingly, there have been lawsuits as a result of President Trump’s Memorandum, which he had every right to issue. However, federal district judges have challenged the President’s authority and usurped his command authority by issuing Preliminary Injunctions that mandate enlistment of persons who identify as transgender.  This is happening for the first time ever in our nation’s history, as of January 1, 2018.

The newly approved RNC Resolution supports President Trump’s position and calls for action by the Department of Justice to stop this interference with the rights of the Commander in Chief in the military’s internal policies.

This new Resolution also addresses the two initial concerns of medical costs and deployability in addition to activist judges usurping the power of the President, and it is needed now even more than it was last August.

Recruiting transgender individuals into the U.S. Military detracts from military readiness and allows a person to take advantage of the generosity of military medical resources for potentially harmful and unethical services. These judges’ actions are an attempt to nullify the power of the Commander in Chief by setting a dangerous precedent for future decisions on military policy.

The RNC supports President Trump in focusing on sound policies for military readiness.



WHEREAS, President Donald J. Trump’s August 25, 2017, Memorandum directed the Departments of Defense and Homeland Security to continue maintaining military recruitment policies that include individuals openly identifying as transgender on the list of disqualifying psychological and physical conditions, and stipulated that DoD funds not be used for “sex- reassignment surgical procedures;”

WHEREAS, President Trump also called for a full review and revision of policies affecting transgender personnel who currently serve in the U.S. military, seeking recommendations on how to implement policy changes that are “consistent with military effectiveness and lethality, budgetary constraints, and applicable law;”

WHEREAS, Several federal district court judges have issued preliminary injunctions mandating the unprecedented enlistment of individuals identifying as transgender, starting on January 1, 2018, (for the first time in history), thereby overruling President Trump’s plans to establish different priorities;

WHEREAS, Federal courts are usurping President Trump’s command authority to determine medical enlistment standards which recognize biological realities and high costs for long-term hormone treatments or surgical procedures that detract from morale and personal readiness to deploy; and

WHEREAS, Federal judges have limited power to make policy for the military, making the issue in question here not the transgender policy alone, but who decides what the military’s policy will be; therefore, be it

RESOLVED, The Republican National Committee supports President Trump’s intent and his prerogative to strengthen our military with sound personnel policies, including physical and psychological standards for military enlistment; and

RESOLVED, The Republican National Committee earnestly encourages The Department of Justice to petition the Supreme Court for swift and appropriate action to prevent federal courts from interfering with the military’s internal policies.

Dr. Carolyn McLarty is a conservative Republican activist and retired veterinarian from Woodward County, Oklahoma. She is presently serving in her third term as the Republican National Committeewoman for Oklahoma.

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7 comments on “RNC Votes to Support President Trump on Military Policy”

  • kern says:

    The RNC is solidly behind a president who brags about molesting women. The RNC silently supports the same president’s staff, some of whom brutally batter their wives. The RNC refuses to condemn this same president when he blurts out racist bile. So it is no surprise that the RNC would support this bigoted measure.

  • Peggy Dau says:

    Well done and very clear.
    It is so good to have gifted people
    do things like that.
    Thank you Carolyn.

    • Jk105 says:

      Clearly? This article CLEARLY hates the trans people who have risked their lives for this country. You should be ashamed.

  • RC Silk says:

    Gender confusion (let’s call it what it is) arises from an intense self-hatred that rejects one’s own biochemical reality. When an XY male has his testicles removed, or an XX female has her reproductive organs replaced, they become unable to procreate. That which loves, thrives, and that which hates, dies. Ergo, gender identity confusion = *intense* self-hatred, resulting in denial of reality. When one is in a foxhole (or other similar stressful combat situation) one needs an *exceptionally clear* perception of reality, as one’s life (and the lives of others, and the security of our nation) depends upon it.

    • jk105 says:

      Exceptionally clear view of reality? You make an argument for banning right wing religionists!

    • nino says:

      If I was in a foxhole, I would be more concerned about a fellow soldier’s military ability–not whether or not that person “was able to procreate”!

      Your priorities are jaded, not to mention bigoted.

  • jk105 says:

    “Gender dysphoria and confusion about gender identity are conditions that require compassion and competent psychological care”

    McLarty lacks such common decency and shows absolutely no care for anything but her biases.

    “Keep in mind that there is no constitutional right to serve in the military, and the armed forces are not just another equal opportunity employer.

    Okay, if so then McLarty would have no problem with the military barring right wing religionists who treat minorities with contempt, thereby creating problems with cohesion and effectiveness.

    “The RNC supports President Trump in focusing on sound policies for military readiness”

    Actually no. The RNC supports raw un-American bigotry.

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