A Great Response

Trey Gowdy, South Carolina Congressman, recently responded to a question by a CNN reporter about the DoD ban of transgenders joining the U.S. armed forces. As Trey typically does so very well, he nailed it rather succinctly.

Reporter’s question:

“How can President Trump claim to represent all U.S citizens, regardless of sexual orientation, when he banned transgenders from joining the military? Isn’t that discrimination?”

Congressman Trey Gowdy’s response:

“Nobody has a right to serve in the Military. Nobody. What makes people think the Military is an equal opportunity employer? It is very far from it… and for good reasons. Let me cite a few.

“The Military uses prejudice regularly and consistently to deny citizens from joining for being too old or too young, too fat or too skinny, too tall or too short. Citizens are denied for having flat feet, or for missing or additional fingers.”

Clearly annoyed by the reporter’s attempt to trap him with the question he went on to explain:

“By the way, poor eyesight will disqualify you, as well as bad teeth. Malnourished? Drug addiction? Bad back? Criminal history? Low IQ? Anxiety? Phobias? Hearing damage? Six arms? Hear voices in your head? Self-identification as a Unicorn? Need a special access ramp for your wheelchair? Can’t run the required course in the required time? Can’t do the required number of push-ups? Not really a ‘morning person’ and refuse to get out of bed before noon? All can be legitimate reasons for denial.

“The Military has one job: Winning War. Anything else is a distraction and a liability. Did someone just scream, ‘That isn’t Fair?’ War is VERY unfair; there are no exceptions made for being special or challenged or socially wonderful.

“YOU must change yourself to meet Military standards… not the other way around. I say again: You don’t change the Military… you must change yourself. The Military doesn’t need to accommodate anyone with special issues. The Military needs to Win Wars.. and keep our Country safe… PERIOD!

“If any of your personal issues are a liability that detract from readiness or lethality.. ‘Thank you for applying and good luck in future endeavours’.

“Any other questions?”   Thanks Red for the contribution.

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6 Responses to A Great Response

  1. Butts says:

    I disagree, because he is saying that transgenders are not fit, and have a disability. There is a lot of discrimination in that statement.

  2. Owen Stuart says:

    There is discrimination in many walks of life. Trey Gowdy’s response relating to the military would appear to me to be very well reasoned.

    “Nobody has a right to serve in the Military. Nobody. What makes people think the Military is an equal opportunity employer? It is very far from it… and for good reasons. Let me cite a few.”

    I would agree with his statement.

  3. BRIAN ROWE says:

    I agree with Trey Gowdys response he couldnt have put it better ,,,,well done Trey !

  4. Butts says:

    If the transgender meets the physical and psychological requirements and has the qualifications for service, then for what reason they are denied entry into the armed forces.

    “The uniformed military is strongly against the ban. Gen. Joseph Dunford, chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, told Congress that he advised President Trump as much. Dunford’s predecessors, Gen. Martin Dempsey and Adm. Mike Mullen, have also spoken publicly in support of transgender service, as has Dunford’s recently announced successor, Army Gen. Mark Milley. So have 56 retired admirals and generals, the American Medical Association, and all of the current service commanders — the four-star officers tasked with preparing their services for war and all other operations.” Seattle Times Dec 2018.

    Gowdy has never served in the armed forces. This is a political decision, not a military one.

  5. Brian henman says:

    I read in one of the sites on trump etc etc that the reason transgender’s are not welcome anymore is because the ones that are in the services are all on waiting lists for sex changes being done by the armed forces, and they suspected that most if not all joined the forces just for this purpose..

  6. Butts says:

    President Donald Trump surprised both military and civil-rights leaders Wednesday with his tweet declaration that transgender people would no longer be allowed to serve in the U.S. military citing “tremendous medical costs.”

    Yet a reputable study shows that transgender medical costs are fairly negligible for the cash-flush Pentagon.
    Ex-Secretary of the Army: I’m ‘shocked’ by Trump’s transgender ban
    July 27, 201703:36

    “Our military must be focused on decisive and overwhelming … victory and cannot be burdened with the tremendous medical costs and disruption that transgenders in the military would entail,” Trump declared in an early morning tweet storm.

    Trump’s argument doesn’t pass muster according to a 2016 study conducted by the RAND Corporation, which states that the additional costs of transgender medical care would only be a drop in the bucket for a Pentagon elevated by a supportive Congress.
    Image: Trans Military Costs
    Cost of medical care for transgender service members NBC News

    The RAND study estimated some 1,320 to 5,530 transgender service members on active duty with an addition 1,500 on reserve. The study claims that not all transgender individuals opt for a medical transition, finding that between 30 and 140 service members would seek hormone therapy and 25 to 130 personnel would pursue surgical treatment.

    Pentagon officials in June told the Associated Press that approximately 250 members of the military applied to change their gender in the military’s personnel system, though that does not mean they would all pursue surgery.

    Related: Trump Bans Transgender People Serving in the Military

    RAND used private health insurance data to find the costs of transition treatments and concluded that the Military Health System would only see an increase in $2.4 million and $8.4 million per year.

    Whichever number you take, it is a small amount for the Pentagon to shell out considering the House of Representatives passed a National Defense Authorization Bill that would raise defense spending to $696 billion in fiscal year 2018. At the high end, transgender health spending would account for .01 percent of the Department of Defense’ budget.
    Image: U.S. President Donald Trump delivers remarks to U.S. military personnel at Naval Air Station Sigonella following the G7 Summit, in Sigonella
    U.S. President Donald Trump delivers remarks to U.S. military personnel at Naval Air Station Sigonella following the G7 Summit, in Sigonella, Sicily, Italy, May 27, 2017.Darrin Zammit Lupi / Reuters file

    To put that in perspective, the military paid:

    $16.3 million for an M1 tank, according to the FY 2015 DoD budget
    $164.3 million for an F-35, according to a DoD release to Congress
    Up to $33 million for the Marine Corps February request for 11,000 M27 Infantry Automatic Rifles
    $31 million for an Apache helicopter, according to the FY 2015 budget request
    $400,000 for a Joint Light Tactical Vehicle, per the DoD Inspector General’s Office
    $170,000 for a per-person personnel cost, according to the Congressional Budget Office.
    And the government shells out $3.6 million each time Trump travels down to Mar-a-Lago for the weekend, according to the Government Accountability Office.

    But critics insist the cost of transgender personnel is much higher.

    Congresswoman Vicky Hartzler, R-Mich., has led the charge in the House of Representatives, even adding an amendment to the annual defense policy bill that would have barred the military from spending money for medical treatments related to medical treatments.

    NBC news 27 July 2017

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