An effort by the U.S. Army to be more inclusive of transgender women will have the consequence of essentially forcing women to shower with individuals who claim to be female but who are still biologically male.
According to LifeSiteNews.com, the new policy is part of the Pentagon’s new “transgender inclusion” agenda.
Many conservatives have pushed back against the policy, but they haven’t been able to gain the support they would like since President Trump and the current administration has sent mixed signals regarding their stance on LGBT issues.
The transgender policy is outlined in “Vignette 4.4” of the “Soldier/Unit Training” manual under “barracks, bathrooms, and showers.”
“Understand that you may encounter individuals in barracks, bathrooms, or shower facilities with physical characteristics of the opposite sex despite having the same gender marker in DEERS,” says “Vignette 4.4."
“Vignette 4.5 continues: “All Soldiers should be respectful of the privacy and modesty concerns of others. However, transgender Soldiers are not required or expected to modify or adjust their behavior based on the fact that they do not ‘match’ other Soldiers.”
In addition to speaking out against this policy, some conservatives have spoken out against the Army employing transgender individuals who have undergone a sex change surgery.
Rep. Vicky Hartzler (R-MS), chairwoman of the House Armed Services Subcommittee on Oversight and Investigation, has called the Obama-era transgender military policy “ill-conceived.”
Harzler noted the long process of recovery necessary after a sex change surgery, and stated, “It makes no sense to purposely recruit individuals who cannot serve,” she said, adding that individuals needing much more minor medical attention such as those who have asthma or a sleepwalking issue are denied entry into the Armed Forces.
Fox News conservative commentator Tucker Carlson also condemned the policy:
“You know this is a political sop to an interest group that the administration was afraid of. Nobody called them on it, because everyone was too embarrassed and didn’t want to be called a bigot or something,” said Carlson.
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Publication date: July 17, 2017
Veronica Neffinger wrote her first poem at age seven and went on to study English in college, focusing on 18th century literature. When she is not listening to baseball games, enjoying the outdoors, or reading, she can be found mostly in Richmond, VA writing primarily about nature, nostalgia, faith, family, and Jane Austen.