Navy ready to train sailors on transgender acceptance

Transgenderism | Critics liken policy enforcement to indoctrinating a captive audience, which includes service members’ children
by Michael Cochrane
Posted 9/21/16, 11:36 am

The U.S. Navy has announced its plan for training all personnel on the Pentagon’s new policy allowing transgender service members to serve openly. 

The announcement, delivered by Chief of Naval Personnel Vice Adm. Robert Burke, outlines the service’s strategy to prepare both senior leaders and rank-and-file sailors for the changes, according to

“This training will emphasize policies and expectations of personal behavior,” the all-Navy message stated.

The first phase of the training starts Nov. 1. Mobile training teams will present face-to-face briefings to senior Navy officers and enlisted leaders—the “command triad” of commanders, executive officers, and command master chiefs, according to The training teams will include Navy fleet representatives as well as subject matter experts.

Commanders will then be responsible for administering the training to the rest of the fleet.

The Navy announcement comes just before the Oct. 1 deadline set by Defense Secretary Ash Carter for the Pentagon to “issue a training handbook for commanders, transgender service members, and the force,” according to a department fact sheet.

The policy on which the training will be based, DOD Instruction 1300.28, takes effect Oct. 1 and lays out procedures “by which transgender service members may transition gender while serving,” as well as specifying medical treatment provisions and “procedures for changing a service member’s gender marker in the Defense Enrollment Eligibility Reporting System (DEERS).”

The training, which all service members must complete by July 1, 2017, likely will include instruction on what the services deem mistreatment of individuals who identify as transgendered.

“We do not tolerate harassment of any kind,” Navy spokeswoman Lt. Jessica Anderson told “Treating all service members with dignity and respect is something we take extremely seriously, and when there are any indications that those values are not being followed, we will conduct appropriate investigations and take action as necessary.”

But some military readiness advocates are concerned the yearlong training effort is simply an ideological indoctrination taking advantage of a captive audience.

“Yes, they are implementing a social experiment. And they are doing so at high risk,” said Elaine Donnelly, president of the Center for Military Readiness. “It is going to have an impact on morale and discipline to varying degrees,” she added, noting only a small number of people claim to be transgendered.

“The problem is, in order to accommodate … those few, you’ve got to change the culture of the many,” she said.

Donnelly doesn’t believe that culture change will be limited to the training but will become part of the curriculum in all military schools, including schools and daycare centers attended by service members’ children.

“You have to have instruction from the lowest ranks on up,” she told me. “And since this is a Department of Defense policy, that would have to affect the other schools as well. And we’re talking every school or institution from the military service academies right down to the elementary schools in the DoD school system … the largest school system in the world.”

Michael Cochrane

Michael is a World Journalism Institute graduate and a former WORLD correspondent. 

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  • Zinger
    Posted: Wed, 09/21/2016 01:45 pm

    Instead of offering pyschological help to these disturbed and confused individuals we opt to indoctrinate those who aren't disturbed or confused?  Truth is stranger than fiction.

  • Sawgunner's picture
    Posted: Wed, 09/21/2016 04:47 pm

    Like the county signs on the pot-holed pock-marked roads used to say "YOUR TAX DOLLARS AT WORK"  And Lord help you if you are a chaplain openly holding to biblical view of marriage.

  • Hans's picture
    Posted: Thu, 09/22/2016 05:09 am

    FWIW, as a chaplain openly holding to a biblical view of marriage, it actually really isn't that hard. The DOD has done a pretty good job of creating an environment where we provide religious guidance for some while providing for the personal freedoms for all.

  • My Two Cents
    Posted: Wed, 09/21/2016 02:11 pm

    Back when I served, preference for housing smokers went to the non-smoker. If I moved into a dorm room with a smoker, they either had to not smoke in the room, or they would assign me a different roommate. Apparently that practice was not deemed harsh toward the smoker. Smoking was stressed as being undesireable, and the military since has gone so far as to make bases tobacco free. 

    Currently, there are strict rules in housing facilities toward members of the opposite sex. There are rules about public displays of affection, and definitions issued by SARC (sexual assault response coordinator) as what constitutes harrassment, assault, fraternization, and others' responses when they observe such behavior. 

    Removing gender labels completely from military jargon will serve only to undermine morale, and confuse good order and discipline. But, apparently confusion is what rules in the LGBTQ world. 

  • MC
    Posted: Wed, 09/21/2016 04:16 pm

    We're spinning our wheels in the "fight" against ISIS. But, gaining traction in this area--no problem.

  • Sawgunner's picture
    Posted: Wed, 09/21/2016 04:45 pm

    Please tell me this is some joke story you naively took off the Duffel Blog website?!!

    DB is the armed forces version of The Onion.

  • JDC
    Posted: Wed, 09/21/2016 04:54 pm

    I agree with you Zinger.


  • MTJanet
    Posted: Wed, 09/21/2016 06:54 pm

    And sadly, we will lose good men and women.  My nephew-in-law has had it with the navy's nonsense and is leaving as soon as his term is up.   We will all be in greater danger - make no mistake about it.    

  • JerryM
    Posted: Wed, 09/21/2016 07:20 pm

    Yes to dignity and respect.  No to acceptance.  Who within the navy apparatus is standing up to this?

    @Zinger has it right on the money...

  • TxAgEngr
    Posted: Thu, 09/22/2016 01:08 pm

    Per Major Clipton - "Madness! Madness!"

  • FBA
    Posted: Fri, 09/23/2016 03:05 pm

    Gender Disphoria is junk science which the military likes to embrace. Which is why we are not winning wars anymore.

    Hopefully if Donald Trump is the new Commander in Chief this nonsense will be eliminated. As a retired military I am shock at the gutlessness of the present corps. But with hussein AR the helm we should not be surprised.

    BTW, trans is a lie against nature such that those people know no truth anyway. Why affirm that kind of thinking? It is abuse to affirm trans-ism.