Senior military leaders expressed deep concerns this week that the launch of new Pentagon rules allowing transgender service members to serve openly in the U.S. military is moving too quickly, arguing that a number of details and questions must still be resolved, several senior U.S. officials told The Associated Press.At this point it really doesn't matter.
The Pentagon plans to unveil the new regulations in the next day or two. Under the new policy, transgender individuals will be allowed to serve in the military, and can no longer be forced to leave based on their gender identity. Officials familiar with the plan said it states that service in the military should be open to anyone who can meet the rigorous service standards, regardless of their gender identity.
Officials said the plan also says that people with gender dysphoria, a history of medical treatments associated with gender transition and those who have had reconstruction surgery may be disqualified as military recruits unless a medical provider certifies that they have been clinically stable in the preferred gender for 18 months, and are free of significant distress or impairment in social, occupational or other important areas. They also said transgender troops receiving hormone therapy must have been stable on the medication for 18 months.
First, none of this has been about military efficiency nor has it been about fairness. This is about perception and creating a legacy for the President. The military is a soft target because Obama was able to take the measure of current military leaders and found them to be extremely malleable and weak.
Second, this has been announced for months now and only at the last minute do we hear about "needing more time"? Refer back to my first point about military leadership being weak.
My last point? Why do change agents fail? Simple. Because they don't seek buy in from the organization that they're seeking to change and they attempt "too much change too fast"....those that are being asked to adopt to the change might have the best of intentions but the whiplash effect of too much too fast causes a pushback.
In short. The military is headed toward chaos. Not in the classic sense but you're going to see voting with feet and a reduction in standards.
Personally I'm looking forward to the chaos. Those that were charged with leading failed. Its time for them to reap the whirlwind.