Tuesday, August 19, 2014

Rank and file transphilia

The hollowing out of the military goes further than the sacking of 500 majors and rules of engagement that protect the enemy. It’s shifting the mission away from fighting wars to social experimentation in the rank and file. Of late is a push from within and outside the officer corps to accommodate sick peoples’ evolving identities.

Headline: “Commission Finds ‘No Compelling Medical Reason’ To Exclude Transgender Americans From Military”

“We determined not only that there is no compelling medical reason for the ban, but also that the ban itself is an expensive, damaging and unfair barrier to health care access for the approximately 15,450 transgender personnel who serve currently in the active, Guard and reserve components,” said the commission led by Dr. Joycelyn Elders, who served as surgeon general during Bill Clinton’s first term as president, and Rear Adm. Alan Steinman, a former chief health and safety director for the Coast Guard.

If 15,450 transgendered currently serve in the military, it must not be an effective ban. How are they still serving?

There are two kinds of transgendered. One kind has gone under the knife to superficially resemble the gender of their choosing. The other kind passively thinks he might have been born in the wrong body. Since it’s in their heads, who can tell what they feel is true or not? If I wished I was a girl once when I was 7, does that make me transgendered?

The 15,450 number is made up. The pointy heads took the phony one-third of 1 percent statistic supplied by the UCLA School of Law and multiplied it by the number of active and reserve military.

One benefit of being a conservative writer is I don’t have to worry about affirmative-actioning “LGBT” characters in my stories. Read John Scalzi ret-con his bestseller Old Man’s War to appease worshippers of Baal:

2. By default, CDF bodies come in classically male and classically female forms. Note that thanks to genetic engineering, etc., the performance capabilities of both male and female forms are equal, so the gender presentation is strictly for the psychological comfort of the recruit, i.e., you’re (usually) used to being male or female, so you get to stay that way when you transfer into your new body.

3. Because the body sorting is a matter of psychological comfort, to the extent that the CDF knows about a trans person’s gender identity, it’ll sort them that way. So, for example, a post-op trans person will be sorted into their post-op gender identity, regardless of DNA profile, because that’s the clear preference for that person.

4. What about non-op, genderfluid, intersex or trans people who have not made their preferred gender public knowledge? The CDF initially sorts into male/female by best approximation and then after transfer follows up for additional modification. The CDF is an organization that can grow back limbs and organs with minimal effort (for them; it’s slightly more traumatic to the person growing them back), so modifying bodies for the psychological comfort of the person inside is a relatively trivial matter. Most of this can be handled before the recruits get to basic training, although particular in the case of trans people who are not public, much would be contingent on them telling the CDF doctors and technicians.

5. And no, the CDF wouldn’t care about the gender presentation of the recruits. What it would care about is them being willing to fight. You’ll fight? Great, here’s your Empee. Go kill an alien. Thanks.

6. Would there be some other recruits who would have a problem with trans people? It’s possible; the CDF lets anyone in. The basic training drill sergeants will be happy to tell them to get over it. If they did not (indeed if they did not get over any general bigotry) the results for them would be grim.

A military unit with no personal discipline at all. Good luck with that. Scalzi takes for granted that soldiers will trust their comrades with identity issues in combat situations.

In related news, “LG [sans BT]” veterans deserve their own war memorial, because all the other war memorials are for strict heterosexuals, whom illogic tells us had exactly the same natural and acquired appetites and never had deviant thoughts:

A retired San Antonio Army officer is leading an effort to build a national monument in Washington DC to honor Gay and Lesbian military veterans, News Radio 1200 WOAI’s Michael Board reports.

Lt. Col. (ret) Nancy Russell says the response has been overwhelmingly positive.

“I really wasn’t expecting people to be negative about it, and thankfully they have not,” Russell said.

The monument would be simple, costing only about a half million dollars. It would consist of black granite pillars representing each of the military services, and an American flag. The monument could include a place where the ashes of Gay and Lesbian veterans and their partners could be deposited.

No bisexuals or transgendered, though, whom, using simple math, we know existed. Transphobic much?

Observe the cognitive dissonance:

Russell says it is critical that the U.S. honor Gays and Lesbians who served honorably in the U.S. Armed Forces at a time when it was illegal to do so.

“Some people feel like we should be a part of everybody, not singled out,” she said. “But that is denying our history.”

It’s like they didn’t act on their sexual impulses so they could serve a higher cause.

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