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High-ranking military officers thank Trump for transgender ban

There is no inherent “right” to serve in the military; it is a privilege to do so

(National SentinelMilitary: Because you’ll never read this is the disgustingly dishonest “mainstream” media, we bring it to you: Seventeen “flag-rank” military officers who initially sent President Donald J. Trump a letter expressing their reservations about President Obama’s policy of allowing transgenders to serve have now written him a letter of thanks for rescinding the policy. [Note: “Flag-rank” denotes officers who are one-star and above; they are called “flag officers” because when they become generals or admirals, they receive ceremonial flags with their rank emblazoned on them.]

As reported by Breitbart News, the officers were mainly concerned about the difficulty in implementing the policy fairly and without disruption to the rank-and-file.

“We write today to express our gratitude to you for making the extremely courageous decision to reverse President Obama’s transgender social experiment,” the letter, sent last week, said.

“There may be an enormous amount of vitriol directed at you for making this policy correction, but please know that overturning this policy may have done more in the long-term to save the culture and war-fighting capacity of the U.S. military than perhaps any other military policy you will adopt as president,” the letter said.

Paul E. Vallely, one of the signatories, told the news agency: “It’s just not compatible with the mission of the military.” He added that Obama’s “social engineering” conflicts with the armed services’ need to be “ready to go to battle to protect America.”

In tweeting out his decision to rescind the policy, Trump cited high costs and the adverse effects on readiness for making his decision.

Earlier, the Family Research Council published an estimate on what transgender troops could cost taxpayers annually for their transition: Between $1.9 and $3.7 billion.

Lieutenant General William “Jerry” Boykin (Ret.), executive vice president at FRC, posted support for Trump’s decision on his Facebook page that says, in part:

“To say that I am pleased to see #PresidentTrump put a stop to this #transgender madness in the #military would be an understatement,” Boykin wrote. “It is another indicator to me that our new #President is truly focused on #militaryreadiness.

“The transgender policy as designed contributed nothing to that readiness,” he added.

In closing, the letter from the flag rank officers noted: “[W]e note that your bold decision is supported by the American people who have a great reverence for the military. A Rasmussen survey released in June found that ‘just 23% of likely U.S. voters think the U.S. military’s decision to allow openly transgender people to serve is good for the military.’”

“Once again, thank you for your focus on preserving the military effectiveness, morale, and social cohesion of the United States Armed Forces,” they said.

For the record, most military members will tell you that, unlike the “social justice warriors” on the Left decrying Trump’s decision, there is no inherent “right” to serve in the military; it is a privilege to do so. Further, they will tell you that not everyone can or should serve, because like other professions, being in the military is not a fit for all personalities.

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