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Mattis Will Begin Review of Transgender Military Policies

Mattis Will Begin Review of Transgender Military Policies

No, this is NOT a Mattis vs. Trump thing….

Secretary of Defense Jim Mattis announced late on Tuesday he will begin a review of transgender military policies in conjunction with the guidance President Donald Trump sent him last week.

It’s very important to remember that when Trump sent the Pentagon the transgender policies, he gave Mattis a lot of leeway to make changes and recommendations.

Here is the full statement from Mattis:

Mattis has always stressed that he will not tolerate anything that he believes will hinder our military’s readiness on the battlefield. He did not provide a timeline on this study or how long it will take.

This is what Trump sent the Pentagon on August 25:

As you can see, Mattis is doing exactly what Trump directed him to do in his memo:

Sec. 2. Directives. The Secretary of Defense, and the Secretary of Homeland Security with respect to the U.S. Coast Guard, shall:

(a) maintain the currently effective policy regarding accession of transgender individuals into military service beyond January 1, 2018, until such time as the Secretary of Defense, after consulting with the Secretary of Homeland Security, provides a recommendation to the contrary that I find convincing; and

Yes, Trump’s policy is not supposed to go into effect until January 1, 2018 and even then it only applies to sections 2(a). Sections 1(b) and 2(b) will go into effect on March 23, 2018

Trump’s memo states that Mattis and the Secretary of Homeland Security have until February to review (emphasis mine):

By February 21, 2018, the Secretary of Defense, in consultation with the Secretary of Homeland Security, shall submit to me a plan for implementing both the general policy set forth in section 1(b) of this memorandum and the specific directives set forth in section 2 of this memorandum. The implementation plan shall adhere to the determinations of the Secretary of Defense, made in consultation with the Secretary of Homeland Security, as to what steps are appropriate and consistent with military effectiveness and lethality, budgetary constraints, and applicable law. As part of the implementation plan, the Secretary of Defense, in consultation with the Secretary of Homeland Security, shall determine how to address transgender individuals currently serving in the United States military. Until the Secretary has made that determination, no action may be taken against such individuals under the policy set forth in section 1(b) of this memorandum.


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    Arminius in reply to Virginia42. | August 30, 2017 at 10:27 am


    I heartily dislike how every social justice move is compared to racially integrating the military.

    Back then we (speaking collectively) had the good sense to conduct trials or demonstrations to prove the moves we were making improved military and naval efficiency.

    The Marines conducted such a trial when Congress and Obama threatened to inflict the armed forces with women in ground combat.

    I love the ladies. But they don’t belong there.

    The Marines found that they couldn’t perform. Integrated units couldn’t move as far or as fast as all-male units.

    A couple of years back the IDF closed armor to women, because they can’t change tracks.

    I knew a diver who was eliminated because he developed diabetes. Is it too hard or prejudiced of me wonder how the Navy is supposed to handle transgenders? Are Corpsmen supposed to carry the hormones on their already overburdened backs?

If the government simply stops, immediately, the policy of paying for their medical bills—the ones specific to the long, involved, and expensive transitional program—most may leave on their own.

    pwaldoch in reply to tom swift. | August 30, 2017 at 10:39 am

    Quit handing out the freebies for conversion and make it the same as every other employer insurance in America and make it elective surugry and you have to pay for it like any one else vs Uncle Sugar paying for it and I’d be happy to have transgendered in the armed forces, as long as they can pass the required standards for whatever their posting is with no adverse affect on the rest of whatever unit.

Recruits 4F for a whole host of reasons. Not knowing if you stand up or sit down to pee should be a red flag to any head doctor that you have a screw loose and are unfit to carry a loaded weapon.

Stop this insanity, General.


    People who want to join the military get qualified for a host of reasons, including pretty much any condition that requires medication. The military requires recruits to be sound in body and mind for more reasons than combat performance.

      Sian in reply to Sian. | August 30, 2017 at 12:01 pm

      meant to type ‘disqualified’

        Arminius in reply to Sian. | August 30, 2017 at 1:22 pm

        I knew what you meant. Needs of the service and all.

        This move that any “patriot” who wants to serve needs to is complete BS.

        When do we get rid of height/weight standards?

        Hey, if you’re a patriot and you’re a little person give to Navy Relief.

          Ragspierre in reply to Arminius. | August 30, 2017 at 1:28 pm

          “Navy Relief” is a Manila brothel. Right…???

          Arminius in reply to Arminius. | August 30, 2017 at 1:35 pm


          Arminius in reply to Arminius. | August 30, 2017 at 1:42 pm

          The best friend I ever had outside of my dog was a south east Asian sex worker.

          Ragspierre in reply to Arminius. | August 30, 2017 at 1:45 pm

          Therein hangs a tail.

          Or several. And a tale.

          Or several.

          Arminius in reply to Arminius. | August 30, 2017 at 11:59 pm

          You can believe what you want, Rags. But I could never exploit these girls.

          Here’s a couple of tales, though.

          The Mayor of Mumbasa sent our battle group a nasty letter because we didn’t rut our way through the hookers they brought in from Tanzania through Uganda.

          An Olangapo hooker kept me safe from the NPA. I barfined her because I needed an escort. It broke my heart that her idea of socializing was dancing on the bar. But it as worth it to listen to say the word “Peleliu.” Her boyfriend was riding her.

          It was so cute. Cobra Gold. After three days the Thai hooker I was singing karaoke was showing me pictures of her son. And I was paying her as if I was sleeping with her, because time is money. One night a female petty officer I was working with showed up and this poor Thai girl thought she was my wife. She showed her so much respect it embarrassed both of us.

          Hooker hill, Itaewon. I got to watch the mos hear-breakingly beautiful girls squat on cold concrete.

          Because why? Their parents sold them into the life. I’ve seen the brochures the “recruiters” show the parents if only they’ll let them have their daughters.

          I’m not above paying them. Far from it. I’ll also let them raid my mini-bar. They especially like this.

          But I won’t sleep with them.

          Arminius in reply to Arminius. | August 31, 2017 at 1:56 am

          If you don’t want your mother seeing about on the TV news, don’t do it.

        Arminius in reply to Sian. | August 30, 2017 at 1:27 pm

        I didn’t mean to unfairly pick on little people. But we, unfairly or not, have to contract for uniforms. Uniform, as in standard.