The Hill published Peter Sprigg's article (with which I agree) today:
Donald Trump’s election as president, and the reelection of a Republican House and Senate, have created an opportunity for America “to rebuild our military” — a pledge that Trump made during his campaign.
While increasing the number of ships, submarines, and aircraft will cost billions of dollars, there is one change that would not cost a cent — ending President Obama’s use of the military to engage in liberal social engineering.
At President Obama’s urging, the law against homosexual conduct in the military (colloquially referred to as “Don’t Ask Don’t Tell”) was repealedby a lame duck Congress in 2010. However, the Obama administration’s latest effort to deploy the military in the sexual revolution was the June 30, 2016, announcement by Defense Secretary Ash Carter that “transgender Americans may serve openly” in the military.
Carter also announced that by July 1, 2017, “the military services will begin accessing transgender individuals.”
Congress did not address the issue this year in the National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA), which passed the House on Dec. 2 and should see Senate action soon. However, Congress and the new administration should reconsider this policy next year.
Previous policy had prohibited military service by those who identify as transgender.
An April 2010 Department of Defense (DoD) Instruction regarding “Medical Standards” listed a “change of sex” as a disqualifying physical condition. This regulation was justified by the concern “that transsexuals would require medical maintenance,” and that “complications which may stem from the hormone therapy” could cause service members “to lose excessive duty time and impair (the) ability to serve in all corners of the globe.”
Under the same DoD Instruction, one of the disqualifying “Learning, Psychiatric, and Behavioral” conditions was:
“Current or history of psychosexual conditions including but not limited to transsexualism … (and) transvestism.”
A recent review of the scientific literature by psychiatrists Lawrence Mayer and Paul McHugh notes that:
“Adults who have undergone sex-reassignment surgery continue to have a higher risk of experiencing poor mental health outcomes.”
In a reversal, the DoD has now issued an Instruction on “In-Service Transition for Transgender Service Members.” It requires the military to provide “all medically necessary care and treatment” to facilitate the “gender transition” of service members.