The Final Piece of the Puzzle, or the Last Straw?

The United States military has seen a lot of change over the last decade to say the least. I for one do not think all of it has been for the better. We have gone from a policy of “don’t ask don’t tell” to almost anything goes. On June 30th, Secretary of Defense Ashton Carter concluded the United States military was now 100% open to all Americans with the new acceptance of transgendered individuals too. These moves fit nicely in society no matter what anybody thinks, but I am not sure the military needs the same sort of level playing field that everyday America does.

For starters, let me say that, although I don’t understand transgendered and gay individuals, I leave it up to God to judge them. He is much better at those types of things than I am. I am generally accepting of anyone living their life the way they want to as long as they do not continually step on others toes to get what they want in life. I even believe that many gay and transgendered individuals really have issues with confused genes and chromosomes in their bodies that force these individuals to make harder choices in life than many of us have to make.

TransI also believe there is a huge difference between a transgendered individual managing the local McDonalds restaurant as opposed to being put in charge of an elite Delta Force Unit. It begs the question: when is enough really enough and why are people not considering the rights of the other soldiers in the field as much as the rights of gays and transgendered individuals? They say they will only let qualified individuals fill these roles, but I don’t believe it with the huge push for equality in today’s military and it is certainly not the place you don’t want to have the highest qualified individual in a position of responsibility.

These days you are considered homophobic if you are a military person that does not want to share a shower with a transgendered or gay fellow service member. What ever happened to being allowed to be uncomfortable with a situation like that? I equate that to the military requiring male and female soldiers to bunk and shower together, but they don’t allow that either.

Can a gay or transgendered individual drive a tank or pilot a jet just as well as any other individual can? Yes; I believe this is 100% possible and it works in certain military situations. But I also believe that, as far as other situations in the military go, it is trying to put a square peg in around hole. I worry that it can hurt the cohesion and camaraderie that is so important to some types of military units.

Many people criticize President Obama for making the military a place to fight cultural battles and you can add me to the list. Call me a bigot if you will because that would be something that is very far from the truth. I believe in everyone having a chance to succeed in life in their own way, but I also believe that crossing every line is not in the best interests of a strong and cohesive military.

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Craig Smith

Craig Smith

Craig has been writing for several years but just recently made freelance writing a full time profession after leaving behind 26 years working in the swimming pool construction industry. He served four years in the US Air Force as an Imagery Interpreter Specialist in Okinawa, Japan and at SAC Headquarters in Omaha, Nebraska. As a staunch supporter of law enforcement personnel, emergency medical technicians, firemen, search and rescue personnel and those who serve in the military, Craig is proud to contribute to the US Patriot blog on their behalf.
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  1. Totally agree! My goodness, all this progressive, liberal action makes our military a social experiment. It is not good for the mission and culture of our military organizations.

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