Friday, July 28, 2017


Anyone entering the military service should do so because they want to fight for their country

A lot of soldiers squealed like stuck pigs when they found themselves headed toward Iraq or Afghanistan. You’d hear something like this: “I didn’t join up for this, I’m here to get a college education.” That was too bad because they joined up for the wrong reason.

The purpose of our armed forces is to fight a war in defense of our country, not to provide educational benefits for its members. Anyone entering the military service should do so because they want to fight for their country.

This brings up President Trump’s declaration that transgenders would no longer be allowed to serve in the military. LGBT advocacy groups claim there are 15,000 transgenders serving in our armed forces. I have no idea where they got that number. For all I know, there could be less than 1,000 or maybe as many as 25,000. The question is why did they join up? Apparently a significant number of transgenders joined the armed forces to obtain gender assignment surgery at Uncle Sam’s expense.

Personally I have no objection to transgenders in the military provided their presence does not disrupt life in the barracks and showers, and does not diminish the fighting ability of a combat unit. I suspect that transgender soldiers are just as effective as gay soldiers who have served with distinction. But I do object to the government paying for gender assignment surgery. Let them get that surgery before they join the military and if afterwards they want to fight for our country, welcome them into the service.

As for those college benefit seeking soldiers having a conniption on the way to Iraq or Afghanistan, tough shit, you joined up for the wrong reason!

Of course, I salute all the combat veterans, including transgenders, who served in Iraq, Afghanistan and all the other wars our armed forces have been engaged in, regardless of the reason they joined the military.

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

I know of a lot of poor kids who take advantage of the G.I. Bill especially Hispanics from The Rio Grande Valley. They know the risks and have a proud history of fighting for our country. I remember living near McAllen, Texas and when Memorial Day comes around the city goes all out for their fallen heroes.