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Biden administration reverses transgender military polices

by Kent Covington
Posted 3/31/21, 05:05 pm

People who identify as transgender can serve in the military and receive what the Defense Department calls medically necessary transition-related care, department spokesman John Kirby announced Wednesday.

How big of a change is this? President Joe Biden announced a review of the Trump administration’s rules on transgender individuals serving in the military just after taking office. Those regulations said troops must serve as their biological sex and could not have an active diagnosis of gender dysphoria. The new policies are largely a reset to Obama-era rules and will take effect in 30 days. Defense Secretary Lloyd Austin has also called for a reexamination of the records of service members who were discharged or denied reenlistment under the previous policy.

Dig deeper: From the WORLD archives, read Kiley Crossland’s report in Relations on the Trump administration’s transgender troop policy.

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Kent Covington

Kent is a reporter and news anchor for WORLD Radio. He spent nearly two decades in Christian and news/talk radio before joining WORLD in 2012. He resides in Atlanta, Ga. Follow him on Twitter @kentcovington.

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  • My Two Cents
    Posted: Thu, 04/01/2021 12:33 pm

    When I was in the military a few decades ago, our health care did not allow for "elective procedures." One airman, who represented the Air Force to millions of people through Public Affairs, couldn't get braces to straighten his crooked teeth because it was deemed "cosmetic." Any medical procedure is handled through a physical profile which spells out and lists physical activity you are exempt from. For example, a pregnancy gets you six weeks convalescent leave. And, anything that makes you non-deployable may get you a medical discharge. I will be curious how any transistion treatment will be administered and keep the military members capable of performing their mission. Every single process I am aware of in transitioning involves altering the physical body. How is that possibly considered essential medical care?

    Aside from the medical aspect, the social aspect in some situations forbids "one on one" interaction, such as during basic training. Cohabitating boy friend/girl friends were disciplined and held liable for their behavior. Males and females cannot be in each other's dorm rooms. The new defense secretary must not have been in the same military I was, or from his lofty position failed to see how using the military as a social experimental cesspool is the most demoralizing decision he could make.

    Posted: Thu, 04/01/2021 08:14 pm

    I agree.

  • Cyborg3's picture
    Posted: Sat, 04/03/2021 11:32 pm

    The purpose of this is to use the military as a tool to "create" more transgender people so they can use them to advance and advocate their cause. It is definitely not beneficial for the military but the left never did like the military anyway so they see it as a useful tool. The sex change operation is expensive so many people who would transgender don't because of the prohibitory cost. Forcing the military to pay for this will allow many more people to transgender with the government forced to pay for this cost.  This is more degenerate behavior being advanced by president Biden.

    I am still left bewildered why anyone would not vote for Trump, given the garbage that Biden is advocating. All along, we knew this radical agenda was what Biden would push forward. It is imperative that the Evangelicals come together and vote for Trump given that he will be the party nominee for president in 2024. If we don't come together then we will likely get 4 more years of Biden or some other radical if Biden is not up to the task.  Trump, for all his faults, is a far better man than Biden or any other Democrat, on a host of issues that are important for the church: religious freedom; pro-life issues; transgender issues; freedom of speech; the "woke" bigotry; law and order; international diplomacy; confronting the Chinese; military (e.g. Chaplains in the military); and so many other issues.  Voting for the leader who will best protect our Christian cause is not idolatry but just plain wisdom. 

    It has been my observation that Christians who get their politics wrong will soon follow with bad theology in their churches. Those who pretend the Republicans are just as bad or good as the Democrats don't have a moral compass on them. It doesn't take a rocket scientist to figure this out. You just need to read all the craziness that the Biden administration is doing to see this. If you cannot see this then I would say you are spiritually blind! 

    Posted: Thu, 04/01/2021 08:15 pm

    Will there be rape and the perp calls it consensual because s/he can say the person complaining is homophobic?