Pentagon Delays ‘Transgender’ Military Mandate

In an eleventh-hour move, Defense Secretary James Mattis delayed by six months the July 1 Obama-era mandate to enlist new “transgender” recruits into the armed forces. The delay in allowing the enlistment of new recruits does not affect “transgender” troops already serving openly in the military, thanks to former Defense Secretary Ash Carter ending the ban on “transgender” service members last fall.

General Jerry E. Boykin, FRC’s executive vice president, was elated with the six-month delay nonetheless. “With a price tag of $3.7 billion over 10 years, no one seems to understand the rush to embrace a culture change that not only undermines national security but taxpayers,” he said.

Interestingly, most Americans agree with Mattis’ decision. According to a recent Rasmussen Reports survey, only 23 percent of Americans thought the military should start enlisting “transgenders.”

Realizing that this is a temporary reprieve, U.S. Rep. Vicky Hartzler (R-Mo.) is preparing to roll back the “transgender” initiative entirely through an amendment to the National Defense Authorization Act for 2018. The House of Representatives votes on the amendment next week. At this FRC action alert page, you can voice your opinion on the roll-back.

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