Transgender service members will also receive the same medical coverage as any other military member — receiving all medical care that their doctors deem necessary — according to Carter.
For current members of the military, the coverage will include hormone therapy and gender reassignment surgery if doctors determine that such procedures are medically necessary.
Incoming service members must be “stable” in gender identity for 18 months before joining the military.
“The Defense Department and the military need to avail ourselves of all talent possible in order to remain what we are now — the finest fighting force the world has ever known,” Carter said Thursday at the Pentagon.
The reaction from Moscow was swift:
Meanwhile, from Watts Valhalla:
But seriously … Weimar America. A reader who is one unhappy veteran writes:
Just a few news stories that ought to be addressed, showing the concerted plan to destroy not only the traditional fabric of America, but the traditional culture of the military that defends it. I served four years in the United States Marine Corps from 2001 to 2005, two tours overseas and am 30% disabled. A military reflects the society from which it is drawn and often reflects the most traditional elements of that society, because of the emphasis on honor, loyalty, fidelity, courage, and sacrifice — all those things that have been missing in civilian society or belittled by progressives.
I was a lance corporal, not some officer. I humped a rifle out there where the consequences to the social re-engineering of combat units could mean death, not diminished career prospects. I didn’t have to serve with women, transgenders or assorted malcontents and deviants like the Army, Navy and Air Force is hell-bent on instituting in their units. In the Marine Corps of my day, only one thing counted: a close knit unit whose only purpose was to “locate, close with, and destroy the enemy.”
That meant weaklings, physically and morally, jeopardized us all. It meant that an unbreakable bond among each other had to be built, a bond based on the brotherhood of men who lived together, drank together, fought together and became one. It is a ruthless meritocracy where mistakes and weakness get someone else killed. This was how Marines took Belleau Wood in 1918, raised the flag on Iwo Jima in 1945, took Hue in 1968, and Fallujah in 2004. It was the spirit that animated the icons of our Corps like Chesty Puller and, most recently, General Mattis, a real Marine who was shoved out when his brand of warfighting became uncomfortable to the Pentagon and the DC drones, who rolled over for anything the radical feminist/LGBT/social justice crowd who never heard a rifle in anger wanted like the spineless lapdogs they are.
This is the result. This is why Bowe Berghdal deserted, why transgender Bradley Manning betrayed us, why combat units are being forced to bow to political correctness rather than warfighting, and why there is a concerted plan to eviscerate every vestige of military tradition, esprit de corps, and ultimately, our military effectiveness. As for me, I’m glad I didn’t have to see this firsthand, but I still have friends who are in. I recall talking to a sergeant I had served with, who was commissioned from the ranks and was a captain in 2014 when the push for women to be in combat arms first reared it’s ugly head. I asked him just what the hell those idiots at the Pentagon were doing and he told me in these exact words: “That’s all they think about over there, bro.” He said that the atmosphere was so stifling that he was getting out. Other Marines and soldiers, veterans I have come to know have told me the same thing. They spend more time on sexual etiquette classes than time at the rifle range, and bucking the reeducation program is a fast track to discharge. Talk to other vets who know, talk to someone still in willing to tell the truth.
UPDATE: After reading the comments, I feel the need to point out that I don’t use the kind of language this retired Marine uses, and I don’t condone it. But I think it’s important to understanding this story. If you’re going to entirely dismiss what this man trained to fight, kill, and die to defend his country based on his rude language, then you are part of the problem he decries.