U.S. Government to Cover Sex Change Operations for Active Duty Soldiers

Military chaplainWASHINGTON — The U.S. Department of Defense will now cover costs for the sex change operations of soldiers in active duty, according to reports.

“[A] Defense Department spokesman said Monday that the option is available to all transgender active duty troops if their doctors recommend it and senior military health officials approve it,” the Military Times outlines.

As previously reported, the Pentagon announced in June that it would end the nation’s ban on open transgenders in the military. It had advised last year that a six-month study would be conducted to determine whether lifting the ban could have any adverse effect on battle preparedness.

The study was to encompass a variety of aspects, such as how transgenders will be housed, what uniforms they will wear, what bathrooms they will use, and what physical fitness/training standards they will be held to as a person that now seeks to be known as the opposite gender.

Officials also planned to consider whether the government will pay for “gender reassignment” surgeries and other treatments sought by those who identify as transgender.

Now, according to a Military Times report released on Monday, the Pentagon will indeed pay for such operations as long as the military member is active duty.

“According to [spokesman Air Force Maj. Ben] Sakrisson, gender reassignment surgeries for active duty personnel will be conducted at either a military hospital or, if qualified care is unavailable at a military facility, at a private hospital paid by Tricare,” it said.

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The notation comes a week after it was announced that the Pentagon would cover the sex change operation of Army private Bradley Manning, who since 2013 has gone by the name Chelsea. Manning is currently serving a 35-year sentence in Leavenworth for leaking classified information to Wikileaks.

He had been permitted to receive hormone treatments last February, but had not been cleared for surgery until Sept. 13.

“[Monday’s] announcement clarifies the scope of treatment available to transgender military personnel and differs significantly from earlier Defense Department statements, which noted that cosmetic surgery for gender reassignment ‘in most cases’ would be considered elective and not covered by the military health system,” the Military Times said.

As previously reported, the Chaplain Alliance for Religious Liberty expressed concern in July following a conference call with a Pentagon official who outlined the implications of lifting the ban on open transgenders in the military. The Alliance said that the new policy could be especially adverse for Christian doctors.

“An endorser on the call asked whether medical professionals who hold a biblical view on human sexuality will be required to violate their consciences and do as these persons demand,” Chaplain (COL) Ron Crews, USA Retired, who serves as the executive director of the Alliance, explained in a statement, “and the response was that it is the responsibility of medical professional to serve military persons.”

“The Department of Defense must ensure a service member is not forced to violate his or her conscience and that doctors and nurses who hold to a biblical view of human sexuality can serve in today’s military,” he said. “Congress has spoken on this issue in the FY2013 National Defense Authorization Act.”

Crews also advised that endorsers were told that military members with “mixed genitalia” may be present in showers and barracks as they will be in the process of changing their identity.

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  • Grace Kim Kwon

    Don’t! Live for truth and not for feelings, USA! Don’t be feminized!

    • Michael C

      I think it’s funny that when you hear the term “transgender” you automatically think of men transitioning to women.

      I would venture to guess that the military has at least equal numbers (if not more) of women transitioning to men.

      Would you also now say “Don’t! Live for truth and not for feelings, USA! Don’t be masculinized!”

      • Grace Kim Kwon

        You misunderstand the whole point. Transgenderism only takes away manliness from men. Women can never be masculinized as women have no components to be manly, but men can be reduced to feminization by a filthy culture or selfishness and cowardice. There hasn’t been any masculinized women on the planet; manly women are just extreme nudists. Military does not need women anyway, manly or not. Housewives who properly raise children contribute to the strong nationhood and are far more sacrificial than the women in military.

        The West including USA only weakened itself by depending on women for everything and by destroying manhood among men; “strong” women are only good at showing skin or preaching New Age. Men should protect women and children for any country to be normal. Israel is an exception because she has been outnumbered by her enemy way too much. Secular West’s dependance on women is part of Divine judgment; a civilization does that when it’s gone bad. ( Isaiah ch.3)

        • Amos Moses

          Nailed it …………

          • Grace Kim Kwon

            Thank you, Amos. US soldiers’ suicide must get prevented by all means. USA rescued so many nations and brought liberty and fairness. US soldiers got to learn what they are risking their life for and what all the historic noble American fathers battled and died for in each generation. It’s altogether only tragic when man does not live for the glory of God.

        • Bob Johnson

          The only role for women is to teach their sons, “Come back with your shield – or on it”?

          • Grace Kim Kwon

            Let’s return to the Biblical principles for sanity and normality, friend. Western secularists sought objective truth first but kept finding God everywhere and didn’t like it. Meanwhile, God blessed the Bible-literate white men’s Christendom and the residents corrupted themselves from being full. USA is suffering from a mental illness that comes from having everything and is demanding to spend some time as a perv this century out of boredom. Overflowing money and the excessive strength had to be wasted somehow. It’s a typical pattern. There are real defenseless people and children who need rescue and have decent dreams about life on Planet Earth. Plenty of them. USA needs to sober up and must stop forcing its own mental illness upon the world. Think about your own hard-working noble forefathers. Men should be REALLY ashamed of trying to be like a woman or trying to use women for defense or being under women’s commands; battles are not a game.

  • robertzaccour

    Waste of taxpayer money.

  • Nidalap

    You can’t help but weaken a military by promoting chaos within its ranks…

  • ComeOnPeople!

    As it was in the days of Noah…

  • http://www.bing.com/ Martin Smit

    Yeah MAN, we know you want to fight, but you are struggling with some intense personal stuff that is really distracting, so sure, we’ll hold the fort, and you take some time off for invasive surgery because we know that you will fight better when you are a WOMAN. Leave no WOMAN behind!

  • Josey

    Let’s use resources for this unnecessary surgery and for the tranny classes that was mentioned in another article, while soldiers who need better equipment are doing w/out and let’s not mention our vets. who will do w/out even more so some man who feels he’d rather be a lady has a sex operation. just more insanity coming from 1600 pennsylvania ave. What does all of this have to do with protecting our Country? Notta!!! Come quickly Lord Jesus, even so, come! Put a stop to this madness.

  • http://HisPlaceDanville.com Stephen Anderson

    When I was in the Air Force we were warned we could be court marshalled for even becoming severely sun burned if it prevented us from doing our duty. Then it seemed the military thought they owned our bodies. Back then perversion still kept you or put you out of the military and adultery was a crime. Now Mr. Obama and the Left in intent on turning the military into a fairy force as part of their grand experiment in social re-engineering. I doubt if Tinker Bell will be effective against the Islamic State.
    In its present state America could never win a major war. Its moral core is rotted away. It has rejected God, Truth, Honor and Life. God in His wrath has given America over to her sins and a reprobate mind.

  • Grace Kim Kwon

    Today’s USA is betraying its creation purpose of existance. American fathers dreamed of a world where everyone loves the truth and is free to pursue the truth, having human rights and freedom to do good and the God-given equality and justice, full of the sense of fairness, and enjoy the fruits of the land which God gave them. Today, the nation forces soldiers and students to learn and practice unthinkable sexual immorality, funds the killing of babies, protects blasphemies as if doing evil is the human rights, and hails rich pervs who seek warped amusement of bending normal people’s clear conscience. What happened to Americans?

  • TheBottomline4This

    This mental illness should not be covered.
    Too bad these people can’t accept their true selves and live it.
    It always is related to something that happened to them.
    Bruce revealed his, Laverne Cox revealed his, etc, etc.
    Born male, you will die male. Born female, you will die a female.
    You are only fooling yourself in living the opposite of what sex you were born.
    Others may play along, but they know.