U.S. Department of Defense Releases Handbook on Accommodation of Transgenders in Military

PentagonWASHINGTON — The United States Department of Defense has released a handbook outlining how the military is to accommodate those who identify as transgender.

“Transgender Service in the U.S. Military: An Implementation Handbook” was released on Sept. 30 “to assist our transgender service members in their gender transition, help commanders with their duties and responsibilities, and help all service members understand new policies enabling the open service of transgender service members.”

It states that soldiers are permitted to undergo “gender transition” after receiving a gender dysphoria diagnosis and treatment recommendation from a military medical provider.

“Transitioning gender may have an impact on several different aspects of your career including deployability, assignment considerations, medical classification, and aspects of individual readiness (e.g., physical fitness, body composition assessment, and professional military education attendance),” the handbook reads. “Since the impact to your career could be significant, it is strongly recommended you discuss this with your commander and/or mentor.”

It also advises military commanders that those who obtain hormone treatments may have difficulty meeting physical fitness standards.

“Individuals undergoing cross-sex hormone therapy may experience changes to their body shape and physical strength, which may have a notable effect on their ability to maintain standards,” the guidelines state. “If that is the case, consult with the individual and the [military medical provider] as you would for any other service member with a medical condition affecting their ability to meet physical fitness standards.”

The handbook further tells troops to address their fellow service members by their preferred pronouns.

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“You should be sensitive to the use of pronouns when addressing others,” it states. “This will vary by individual and unit. If there is ever any question about pronoun usage, do not hesitate to ask the service member how they wish to be addressed.”

As previously reported, the Pentagon had announced in June that it was ending its ban on open transgenders in the military.

“We’re eliminating policies that can result in transgender members being treated differently from their peers based solely upon their gender identity rather than upon their ability to serve,” Defense Secretary Ash Carter said in a statement at the time.

The Pentagon had advised a year prior 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. Last month, the Pentagon advised that it would indeed provide coverage for active duty service members.

“[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 reported on Sept. 19.

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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  • Amos Moses

    and the destruction of society continues ………….

    • [email protected]

      And providing accommodation to allow for medical care for those with a diagnosed medical need destroys society how exactly? Is there any approach short of discharge from military service that you would have been satisfied with?

      • Amos Moses

        its not the medical care…… its the sponsorship of mental illnesses……

        • [email protected]

          Even if you don’t see that as the proper course of action to take for the individuals, still not seeing how is “destroys” society. and even if you do not see it as the proper course of action it is still medical car. the mechanics of the policy as outlined in the handbook are medical from start to finish.

          • Amos Moses

            the motives of the people this attracts arre not because the want to defend the country ….. they want a free ride for a surgery they clearly do not need …….

          • [email protected]

            #1 There are already people who this would impact who are serving in the military. So clearly there are people who are motivated by a desire to serve their country and they want to be able to do that while also being able to have transitioned from one gender to the other, or be able to do so and still continue to serve in the military.

            Also I would note that it is not a “free ride” for surgery. It is covered under the health insurance that military members have and pay into, many civilian health insurance plans would also offer coverage for this.

          • Amos Moses

            yeah …. no ….. all this will do is attract the mentally ill ….. it weakens this country ….. it destroys societies …………

          • [email protected]

            I just showed that the service already has traditionally included people who would be impacted by this so it is not introducing anything new other then how the DOD responds to those people. And again you have not shown how it will weaken the country or how it will destroy society or even explained by what mechanism you expect that to happen. as noted above this would now be covered for service members under military health insurance but it is also covered by civilian health insurance. So its not like people who want surgery or hormones would all suddenly want to join the military to get them while not having any other interest in joining the military.

          • Amos Moses

            those who are running away from Christ and who God created them to be …… will run from the enemies they will one day face …… they are running from themselves …… this behavior will not change with surgery ………..

          • [email protected]

            well you would also consider those who are not christian to be running away from Christ correct? So following that logic I guess we should restrict the military to only Christians as anyone else will run away from the enemy. Of course we can not do that nor should we, being a follower of Christ is not a pre-requisite for being a member of the military or being able to fight. Furthermore do you have any evidence that those who have transitioned genders would be less able to serve the military? Again the logic you just used to make that case does not work as we already know that one does not need to have faith in Christ in order to function as a soldier.

          • Amos Moses

            many are not running from what they were created to be ……….. transvestites and homosexuals are …………..

          • [email protected]

            You said both, running away from Christ and who God created them to be. So if the argument applies to one it should also apply to the other correct? also there is again no evidence here that not adhering to a certain view on gender and sexuality will in any way harm ones ability to fight.

            For example you mentioned homosexuality. Well DADT has been gone for over 5 years now and there has been no decrease in soldiers ability to fight becasue of it. there is certainly no evidence that gay soldiers are any less capable then their heterosexual counterparts. So again your argument that people who are transgender or homosexual are less capable in the military is simply not supported by any evidence or even any argument. Not being what you think God wants them to be does not equal not being able to do their job nor has any evidence been given to support the that idea.

          • Amos Moses

            homosexuals and transvestites are running away from who and what they are ………. ideally …. yes they should be all christians ….. but non-christians are only running away from God ….. not their sex ………

          • [email protected]

            That they are “running away from who and what they are” is your description but even so that still does not show any proof of your original claim that this “destroys society”. So lets be clear, you oppose this not becasue there is any evidence that it will be bad for the military or the nation but rather becasue you morally disprove of their understanding of sex and sexuality. That’s what the argument you are making is centered on as seen above.

          • Peter Blaise

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            Which particular Rabi do you identify as “running away from God?
            .

          • Peter Blaise

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            Please substantiate your source of “created to be” …

            … and how that jibes with Constitutionally recognized, supported, and protected freedom to one’s own life, liberty, and pursuit of one’s own happiness ( instead of limiting one’s self to whatever you think they were “created to be” ).

            Thanks.
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          • Peter Blaise

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            You confuse self identity with running away.

            LGBT, especially T, are running away from rejection and disrespect and second class citizenship, running to full self identity, integrity, recognition, support, and protection under Constitutional law with no discrimination in government and public accommodations.

            We get your … dismissal of LGBT people as … illegitimate, somehow.

            Regardless of your personal failing, LGBT citizens are equal citizens under Constitutional law.

            And any society that excludes any of it’s members is the failed society.

            We are healing our society by including more and more each generation.

            What, blacks now, too?

            Yup.

            Women?

            Uh-huh.

            The handicapped?

            Yes.

            Who’s next … Jews?

            If you fear that LGBT people will run to the enemy ( and you define yourself as NOT the enemy … how, exactly? ), please study the life of Alan Turing, and be grateful to him that you do not speak German now, or maybe even that you are even allowed to live at all.
            .

          • Amos Moses

            “LGBT, especially T, are running away from rejection and disrespect and second class citizenship”

            Nope ……. they are embracing a lie ………

          • Peter Blaise

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            I appreciate that anything you do not understand or care to learn about appears to be a lie to you.

            Misinformation and lack of information on your part is not a lie on the part of others.
            .

          • Amos Moses

            “Misinformation and lack of information on your part is not a lie on the part of others.”

            True ….. but not everything people say about themselves is the truth ……….. it is more often lie or at best tilted to make them look good to others and save face ……. but still a lie ……..

          • Peter Blaise

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            Arguing speculation is a waste of time.

            You can learn and avoid speculation altogether.
            .

          • Amos Moses

            you cannot seem to …. all you are presenting is speculation …. “feelings” are not science or fact ……….. that is not speculation at all ……….

          • Peter Blaise

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            Stop dancing and spinning in circles and settle down, either accept a discussion with science, or do not bring up science if you are only going to dispense with science that does not support your personal contentions about trans gender people — you might as well also abandon any Scriptures because there is no support there for you personal contentions about trans gender people.
            .

          • Amos Moses

            “accept a discussion with science, or do not bring up science if you are only going to dispense with science that does not support your personal contentions about trans gender people”

            Bring some actual science and we will discuss it …… but if your “science” does not support the truth ….. it aint science …. it is pseudo-science ….. scripture is the truth …… pseudo-science does not support scripture ………… so it is false ……..

          • Peter Blaise

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            Right.

            How long can you tread water?
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          • Amos Moses

            i wager far longer than you ………….

          • Peter Blaise

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            Too bad Bill Cosby turned out to be such a schmuck — referencing his entertainment presentations will eventually become forever lost.

            ( PS — I’m a certified Water Safety Instructor, I train Junior and Senior Lifeguards and other Water Safety Instructors … bot it’s not a competition between you and me, and certainly not a competition between me and any rising tide, it’s apparently a competition between you and your Scripture. Good luck. )
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          • Amos Moses

            i do not compete with scripture …….. you do try to though …. not much of a competition ……… scripture always wins …… WSI …… hmmmm …. still not much as to your stamina to tread …… you are drowning in this debate though …… this aint the shallow end ……..

          • Peter Blaise

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            It’s not a debate between us, it’s a search for point of view, to see of our alignment has any common ground.

            ( PS — And I don’t tread water, I float or swim, and I love long, extended underwater exploration. )
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          • Peter Blaise

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            Please substantiate your “mentally ill” accusation.
            .

          • Amos Moses

            DSM-V …… BDD ….. Body Dysmorphic Disorder ………..

          • Peter Blaise

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            Body dysmorphic disorder diagnosis ( DSM-5 page 458 ) has nothing whatsoever to do with being trans gender.

            Please return to getting Scripture wrong, as you are out of your depth regarding our Constitution, science, medicine, and especially you are bereft regarding personal testimony of the people you claim you know all about.
            .

          • Amos Moses

            BDD has to do with believing your body is different than it is in reality ……… and that includes transexuals, tranvestites, homosexuals, OCD and numerous other body dysmorphia ………. if you were a woman in a mans body or “felt” like a man ….. or a man in a womans body or “felt” like a woman ….. how would you even know ……. since you have NEVER been the opposite sex ……. stupid on its face …………. and a body dysmorphia is all it is …….. and we do not let the mentally ill self diagnose as their “feelings” are not a diagnosis ………… NEXT ………….

          • Peter Blaise

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            Wow, so you have not read the DSM-5 that you claim as authority for a diagnosis of “mental illness”.

            I’d quote the DSM-5, but since you really dismiss any authority but Scripture, I’ll let the good readers look it up, as accuracy means nothing to you ( and Christian News Net prefers that we not link to nor quote entire external articles ).

            But you are among those who believe that one’s brain is neither physically real, nor determinative of one’s identity.
            .

          • Amos Moses

            it is what it is ………. dysmorphia …….. FYI …. i put absolutely no credence to the DSM-5 ….. it is irrelevant …… but you want a source you would go to …. there it is ……… it is dysmorphia and a disconnect from reality …..

          • Peter Blaise

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            No, I wanted a source you relied on for your opinion, a source for your contention that trans gender is a mental illness, and the DSM-5 is not a source for such inaccuracy as you profess to believe.

            I appreciate that your opinion is not based on facts.
            .

          • Peter Blaise

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            … like those free-loaders who just want college paid for by joining up, or to retire with full pay at 38 and start a second career.

            Oh, wait a minute, those are intentional recruiting campaigns.

            Never mind.

            You’re right, anyone joining up because of positive incentives, we probably do not want them.

            It should be a volunteer NO PAY military, then we’ll get the people we want, and we can trust their motivations.

            Great idea.
            .

        • Peter Blaise

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          Oh, anyone who is different than your expectation, who does not conform to your comfort level, is therefore defined as “mentally ill” — got it.

          I’m glad you do not have superior rights over anyone.
          .

      • TheKingOfRhye

        Well, you have to remember, when people like Amos say “destroy society” they really mean “change it into something other than exactly how I’d like it to be.”

    • Jenny Ondioline

      No, what people do in the privacy of their own bedrooms isn’t destroying society.

      • Amos Moses

        wake up ….. it broke out of the bedroom a long time ago …. how could you possibly have missed that …………. right … does not fit with your agenda ……………

        • Peter Blaise

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          You mean … people behaving equal, and getting respect and support for it, regardless of their gender?

          Oh, my!

          That is destructive …

          … of old, arbitrary, and unconstitutional ways.
          .

        • Jenny Ondioline

          You might be talking about a very specific person who is flamboyant and political, but if you’re saying all homosexuals are flamboyant and political, boy are you ever wrong.

          • Amos Moses

            one bad apple ………..

    • Peter Blaise

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      How can it possibly be destructive of society for more and more of society’s members to achieve inclusive equality.

      Any society that excludes any of it’s member is the failed society.
      .

  • BravesFan

    Disgusting and wrong.

  • [email protected]

    The DOD is providing a good model for others to follow. If the individual feels the need to transition genders it must go through a medical process. That medical process then starts a transition period with a clear and defined beginning and end. After that point the individual is clearly identified with the gender that they transitioned to.

    • Amos Moses

      “The DOD is providing a good model for others to follow.”

      i guess you would have to know what a “good model” is …… and from what i have read ….. you do not ….. not even sure you could define it properly ……….. good based on what ……

      • [email protected]

        From a policy prospective a “good model” is one that addresses the issue in a manner that is most likely to achieve good results for the organization in keeping with its goals. I would say the DOD policy on this does just that. It is not set up to promote an understanding of sexuality and gender that you agree with, that is not its goal and so showing that it does not do that is not an argument agasint the policy.

        • Amos Moses

          the militarys goal is hurt people and break things ………….. when the enemy understands it is up against a bunch of nancy boys and girlie men who see sex as unnatural ….. unnatural to the way the enemy sees it ….. they are much less likely to turn and run ….. they are more likely to take captives and torture and kill them after capture ……… so ….. NOT a “good model” …………. and absolutely STUPID as a matter of policy ……………

          • [email protected]

            No the Military’s goal is not to “hurt people and break things”, It is to defend our nation and our interests at home and abroad. For example when the US military provides relief aid after a disaster it is most certainly not in the business of “hurting people or braking things.”

            Secondly no, that the US military allows gay men and women or transgender soldiers to serve does not degrade our ability to engage and destroy the enemy and if it causes the enemy to think that is the case and causes them to be overconfident then all the better, that will only serve to make them more vulnerable to our forces. If the enemy chooses to hold false beliefs over the ability of our soldiers to fight that is their problem, we are not in the business of deciding who can serve in our military based on whatever uneducated views the enemy holds.

          • Amos Moses

            “”hurt people and break things”, It is to defend our nation and our interests at home and abroad. ”

            and they do that by doing WHAT ……….. “hurt people and break things” ……… do you even consider what you are writing before you post or are you so bent on your agenda to corrupt ……. 2 Peter 2:16 …………. FYI …. the military is not a venue for the promotion of depravity and stupid politically correct social experiments ………

          • [email protected]

            “hurt people and break things” is 100% lacking in describing the full range of responsibility for the military which is what I was pointing out. also those are not goals but rather means to achieve a goal which are very different things.

            Again the military is not concerned with excluding based on your idea of “depravity” nor can inclusion of Transsexual men and women seriously be called an “experiment” given that may of our allies military’s have already taken this step without negative consequence. We get it, you have a moral objection to people transitioning their gender, but that does not translate into a substantive policy argument agasint what the military is doing here.

          • Amos Moses

            Yeah …… no ………..

          • [email protected]

            ^^ and that is what is said when you are unable to respond on the substance of the matter but still just want to disagree. But you have a nice day.

          • Amos Moses

            no ….. that is what is said when you just make up garbage out of thin air to fit your agenda of trying to convince christians that homosexuals are normal and not trying to destroy society ……… again …. 2 Peter 2:16 ………….

            ISLAMIC PREACHER: ‘BEHEAD, BURN, CRUSH GAYS’
            Plans lectures at Iranian-backed organization in London

            this is what we are fighting ……….. you have your head stuff in a warm, dank place and you need to put your hands on your shoulders and push up …………… and extricate it ……..

          • [email protected]

            Nothing that I have said here is made up but rather it all reflects the reality of the situation and is backed up by reality and facts. If there is anything in particular that you want to challenge the authenticity of be my guest and I will be happy to clear it up for you.

            and again you have provided zero argument for how this who “destroy society ” thing would work. You thinking that it is wrong does not equate to showing that it will destroy society. Furthermore the claim that gay people “want” to destroy society is even less grounded in anything, to the point of being absurd. I mean think about this for a moment…why on earth would gay people want to destroy the society that they live in and depend on? to try to make the argument that it is an unintended consequence would be one thing but to claim that this is the desired effect is beyond unfounded.

            Finally I am not at all a supporter of Islam nor do I want people to be Muslim nor do I at all discount the threat of Islamic terrorism so yes I know that we are fighting it and think that we should be. so no argument from me there.

          • Peter Blaise

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            Woops, you just wandered off the playing field.

            Come again?
            .

          • Peter Blaise

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            Including all citizens is a CONSTITUTIONAL imperative.

            An “experiment”?

            Compared to lesser countries, perhaps.

            Is there a reason you do not want ALL US citizens to be treated equal?
            .

          • Amos Moses

            we have become the lesser country …….. they had the exact same rights as everyone else ….

          • Peter Blaise

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            We all have the same inborn inalienable rights.

            We’re talking about governmental and public accommodations respect for equal rights.

            Our government and public accommodations discriminated against otherwise equal citizens, denying them equal access to otherwise publicly available goods and services.
            .

          • Peter Blaise

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            Wait … what?
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        • Peter Blaise

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          … and, Constitutionally, good for the individual citizen after all, that’s what governments are instituted for — to secure individual’s rights to one’s own life, to one’s own liberty, and to one’s own pursuit of one’s own happiness.
          .

  • Steven

    I have reluctantly accepted the fact that the United States has passed the Romans 1:26 barrier. For me, that is a sobering reminder of what’s coming down the pike; not only for the U.S., but the world. Christian propriety is unmistakable. And every step the world takes in eliminating God is met by a more depraved and brutal standard of normalization. I just pray that the fence sitters fall on the side of Grace.

    • LadyInChrist♥BlessedBeTheLord

      Amen.

    • Peter Blaise

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      Christians are LGBT and LGBT are Christian, and 200+ Christian denominations across the US are LGBT-affirming, so your fear of the loss of God in LGBT and LGBT-affirming lives is merely your fear, not based on fact.
      .

      • Steven

        Christians are LGBT and LGBT are Christian
        Greetings! You presuppose an interesting position when accommodating a relation between Christianity and the LGBT community.

        Where Christianity teaches us to recognize our sinful nature and flee those things that are abhorrent unto the Creator of everything; the LGBT community (the created) teaches us to embrace emotional constructs that are diametrically opposed to God’s design. There’s a dissonant relationship between the two.

        200+ Christian denominations
        During Paul’s ministry, he confronted churches that were affirming lifestyles and behaviors that were contrary to sound doctrine. Paul’s position never changed. He always stood by the Word of God and not the proclivities of man. A church can affirm anything they want, but does it stand up to God’s scrutiny?

        so your fear of the loss of God in LGBT and LGBT…
        A person that embraces an LGBT life, by theological understanding, is glorying in their shame, and thus, not glorifying God; and their imaginations have led them from the truth. This is the ramp up of Romans 1:21 to 25. Romans 1:26 is the spiritually-convicting barrier that God removes. Romans 1:27 to 30 is the product of not having God to tug at your conscience.

        • Peter Blaise

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          Although it sounds like you are using scripture to guide your sexuality, I doubt it, I believe you were born that way.

          Do you have any contravening personal testimony?
          .

  • Amos Moses

    200 veterans die waiting for care as troubled Phoenix VA builds new backlog

    but we should perform pinadictamies and adavulva’s for the mentally ill ……….. yeah … thats the ticket ……

    • Peter Blaise

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      You have a lot of convincing to do to persuade the overwhelming majority of science and biology and medicine authorities that LGBT are mentally ill.

      Then convince a court that mental illness of any type compromises anyone’s equal civil rights.
      .

  • Nidalap

    National defense ignored in favor of political correctness.
    Logical if your goal is to topple America from its superpower status…

    • [email protected]

      How exactly is national defense being ignored here? Are you saying that this policy change will make us a less effective force and if so what evidence is there to back that claim up? The same kind of claim was made agasint repeal of DADT and yet those claims proved to be fully unfounded. So if this is detrimental to our national defense then how so?

    • Peter Blaise

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      Yeah, Alan Turing would be spinning in his grave if he knew they let LGBT people in the military.
      .

  • ComeOnPeople!

    Hmmm so a man or woman normally are not allowed to serve if they do not meet physical requirements and yet if a man or woman takes hormones or surgery after entry and cannot meet requirements it’s ok? HUH! So lets see I join and I’m fit then I get the wild idea that I want to change my gender & the appearance of such , so I’am given hormones & surgery to thus change my fit statues , all paid for by American tax dollars. What a deal! We get to pay for a person to become unfit to serve and yet remain in service. Not because they got a leg blown off in war or because they contracted some disease but because they took hormones and or surgery that damaged them physically. I think we may be entering into a world of unjust weights and measures. No longer is it what is good for the goose is good for the gander , (as my Grandfather use to say) but now one is treated differently then the other. No longer are we humans, women and men but now we are whatever we choose to become in our own minds. We are becoming just as those in the days of Noah, taken the image of GOD and distorted it. And just as then HE destroyed with water that corruption of humanity so to will HE destroy those with fire who no longer bare HIS image .

  • ShemSilber

    A person used to be able to take pride—I did!—in joining the military and getting their training that showed them how to take part in protecting our country from any who would rise up against it, but no more. OY!

    The ever-increasingly lax attitude that is be imposed on the military by the LGBT subculture makes for increasingly weakened ability to protect the nation from our enemies, of which we have plenty, especially the revived Ottoman empire that took a deadly blow in the early 1920’s and is now reviving, as described by Revelation 13. No WONDER that people worship the beast, saying, “Who is like the beast? Who is able to make war with the beast?” It’s due to our greatly reduced military budget, plus the thinning of the ranks of real men, until, if my sons or grandchildren were to ask me about joining the army or whatever military service, I’d tell them, “HELL NO, DON’T GO!” because of the danger from such persons of low character. It’s hard enough to avoid aberrant behavior in these Dark Ages without going where you KNOW that you’ll find it. Shame on us and shame on our leadership that promotes abominations, not by my definition, but by the definition of the Creator who made the universe and put us on the earth to learn how to live rightly.

    May our Master Yahushua (Lord Jesus) help us to make our way through these Dark Ages and bring them to a close! Soon He is coming to make the kingdoms of this world (including the U.S.A.) the Kingdom of Yahuwah and of His Messiah (Revelation 11:15), and He will sweep the earth clean of all evils, whether it be Islam, LGBT, the mass murder of babies in the abortion “clinics,” politics, religion, education, and so forth, because they are all subjugated by the devil, full of the devil’s lies, promoting evil and leading us down the primrose path to destruction. Then finally we will have peace and productivity on earth and everlasting life with which to enjoy it, in the Name of the Master Yahushua, omein!