“Deploy-or-Out” Precludes Transgenders in the Military

Defense Secretary James Mattis recently announced that military personnel must be deployable if they are to remain in the armed forces.  His “deploy-or-out” policy is a corrective to recent practice which saw a relatively small percentage of those in uniform bearing the brunt of the dislocations, hardships and sacrifices associated with the Pentagon’s overseas operations.

This initiative will reestablish readiness as the uniformed services’ top priority, not social engineering that impairs it.  It would apply to so-called “transgender” individuals afflicted with the clinical condition known as “gender dysphoria” who are routinely unable to work, let alone deploy, due to hormone treatments, surgeries, psychological care, etc.

President Trump has sensibly ordered the Pentagon not to recruit such people. Several federal courts have outrageously ignored his authority to do so.  Gen. Mattis has established a sound basis for rejecting such anti-constitutional and dangerous judicial interference.

About Frank Gaffney, Jr.

Frank Gaffney is the Founder and President of the Center for Security Policy in Washington, D.C. Under Mr. Gaffney's leadership, the Center has been nationally and internationally recognized as a resource for timely, informed and penetrating analyses of foreign and defense policy matters. Mr. Gaffney formerly acted as the Assistant Secretary of Defense for International Security Policy during the Reagan Administration, following four years of service as the Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defense for Nuclear Forces and Arms Control Policy. Previously, he was a professional staff member on the Senate Armed Services Committee under the chairmanship of the late Senator John Tower, and a national security legislative aide to the late Senator Henry M. Jackson.