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Retired Generals Thank Trump for Transgender Ban Decision

Over a dozen retired and admirals signed a letter thanking President Trump for his recent decision to ban transgender people from serving in the military.

“We write today to express our gratitude to you for making the extremely courageous decision to reverse President (Barack) Obama’s transgender social experiment,” the retired flag officers wrote. “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.”

Trump announced the change in policy via Twitter last week, writing, “Our military must be focused on decisive and overwhelming victory and cannot be burdened with the tremendous medical costs and disruption that transgender in the military would entail.”

The retired officers cited various sources to estimate that the medical costs of transgender medical treatment to the military – including transition surgery and hormone therapy – would add up to between $1.3 billion and $3.7 billion over the next ten years, The Washington Times reported.

If the latter figure is correct, those funds could buy 22 F-35 fighter jets, 116 Chinook combat helicopters, 3,700 Tomahawk missiles or an entire Navy destroyer, CBN News calculated.

The officers also noted that “allowing transgender individuals to enlist would attract those persons who hope to have taxpayers pay for their ‘transitioning,’ including hormone replacement therapies and elective surgeries.”

A signatory to the letter-retired Lieutenant General Jerry Boykin, executive vice president with the Family Research Council-argued that at a time when military resources are depleted from 16 years of war and budget cuts, and with the nation facing a myriad of security threats, the billions spent to accommodate transgender people in the military is not a wise use of funds.

The former Delta Force commander said that the job of the military is “win wars,” not participate in social experiments.

In their letter, the flag officers further contended that military service creates unique challenges that would not be compatible for those seeking transgender medical treatment.

“DoD guidelines require that those serving in the military be ‘medically adaptable to the military environment without the necessity of geographic area limitations,’” they wrote. “However, both hormone therapy and gender reassignment surgery result in the need for specialized medical care which will not be available in all geographic locations.”

According to a Rasmussen poll, only 23 percent of voters believe allowing transgender people to serve is good for the military. Further, 48 percent favor delaying transgender enlistment as the issue is further studied, while 32 percent stated that enlistments should go forward immediately. Twenty-one percent of respondents said they were undecided.

But two former chairmen of the Joint Chiefs of Staff – General Martin Dempsey and Admiral Michael Mullen – both of whom served under President Barack Obama, said they oppose Trump’s ban on transgender people serving in the military.

Dozens of other retired generals and admirals signed a letter by the San Francisco-based Palm Center (previously named the Center for the Study of Sexual Minorities in the Military) opposing Trump’s decision.

The Washington Times reported that some of the other flag officers who signed the thank you letter to Trump include retired Air Force Lt. Gen. Thomas McInerney, a Fox News analyst; retired Army Maj. Gen. Gary L. Harrell, a former Delta Force commander; retired Army Maj. Gen. Paul E. Valley, a conservative activist; retired Army Lt. Gen. Benjamin R. Mixon, who headed Army Pacific command; and retired Coast Guard Vice Adm. Dean Lee.

“Thank you for your focus on preserving the military effectiveness, morale, and social cohesion of the United States Armed Forces,” the group wrote.