Only 23% of Americans believe transgender military is a good idea
U.S. Army Sgt. 1st Class Darrell Webster provides security outside the Al-Alwya power station in Karadah, Iraq,

Only 23% of Americans believe transgender military is a good idea

Posted July 26, 2017 12:06 PM by Jordan Schachtel U.S. Army Sgt. 1st Class Darrell Webster provides security outside the Al-Alwya power station in Karadah, Iraq,
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On Wednesday, President Trump announced on Twitter that his administration is banning people who identify as transgender from serving in the military, an initiative that polls say is approved by the American people.

The Associated Press reports that there are up to 250 members of the military who want to transition to the opposite of their biological gender. Neither the Pentagon nor the White House has released comprehensive data on members of the armed forces who identify as transgender.

Conservatives in Congress have long been opposed to government funding of gender transition surgeries in the military, which the Daily Signal reports would cost $3.7 billion over the next decade.

Rep. Vicky Hartzler, R-Mo., recently introduced an amendment hoping to block taxpayer-funded transition surgeries in the National Defense Authorization Act mega-bill. However, that amendment was struck down in Congress, with 24 Republicans voting to fund the surgeries.

Rep Hartzler commended the president’s decision to institute the transgender military ban.

Rep. Brian Mast, R-Fla., a double amputee veteran, also applauded the president’s decision:

A recent Rasmussen study found that just 23 percent of respondents agreed that allowing for openly transgender individuals to serve in the armed forces is “good for the military.” And 31 percent said it was bad for the military, while 38 percent remained undecided.

An Obama-era transgender inclusion policy was set to go into effect at the end of July, but it was delayed in late June by Defense Secretary James Mattis. At the time, Mattis announced that the Pentagon would study how transgender enlistment would affect the “readiness or lethality” of the military.

Chelsea Manning, the disgraced former Army private and transgender activist, has weighed in on the Trump decision. Manning, who betrayed the country by stealing top secret information and releasing it on the open internet, ranted about transgender funding in the military:


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Jordan Schachtel is the national security correspondent for Conservative Review. Follow him on Twitter @JordanSchachtel.