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President Joe Biden reversed former President Trump’s military transgender policy Monday with an executive order taking the country back to an Obama-era policy.
Under the Trump administration, military recruits were required to serve under their biological gender.
“What I’m doing is enabling all qualified Americans to serve their country in uniform,” Biden, without conducting any study on the consequences and in stark contrast of the Department of Defense review conducted under Trump, said as he signed the order in the Oval Office next to Defense Secretary Lloyd Austin.
The DoD found that medical costs for service members with “gender dysphoria” were three times higher than for other service members.
“America is stronger, at home and around the world, when it is inclusive. The military is no exception,” the order reads. “Allowing all qualified Americans to serve their country in uniform is better for the military and better for the country because an inclusive force is a more effective force. Simply put, it’s the right thing to do and is in our national interest.”
Although Trump’s policy, first tweeted out, was referred to as a “transgender ban,” it did not ban military members who identify as transgender. The policy allowed transgender recruits to serve as long as they served in their biological gender and did not suffer from gender dysphoria, a condition of distress when one’s gender identity differs from their biological gender.
The Obama administration reversed a policy that allowed for service members to be discharged from the military for being transgender.
Family Research Council President Tony Perkins, a Marine veteran, slammed Biden’s executive order for redirecting the focus of the military from where it should be – fighting and winning wars – to advancing the far Left’s social agenda.
“Political correctness doesn’t win wars, but the president is indulging dangerous and unproven theories that have the potential to undermine national security,” Perkins said in a statement.
Lt. Gen. (Ret.) Jerry Boykin, former U.S. Army Delta Force commander and current Family Research Council Executive Vice President, said he is “appalled that our commander-in-chief is more focused on appeasing special interest groups than on military readiness.”
“Every cent spent on this politically-correct exercise is money that could be used to prepare our troops for war,” Boykin said. “Every second wasted in ‘transgender sensitivity training’ is time that could be spent on the rifle range.”
Dr. Robert Jeffress, the pastor of First Baptist Church in Dallas, expressed his concern for “very faith un-friendly” policies that would be coming out of the Biden-Harris administration on the Todd Starnes Show.
“The Biden Administration is going to be celebrating those things that God’s word condemns, whether it’s gender fluidity or the expansion of the definition of marriage or unrestricted abortion, any time for any reason whatsoever,” Jeffress told host Todd Starnes.