If you have more than a dozen members of the Coast Guard struggling openly with mental illness, then the problem wasn’t with President Trump’s Twitter ban on transgendered service members.
A new report says that officials with the Coast Guard rushed to coddle those stricken members, after Trump took to Twitter last week to erroneously announce a ban on allowing those suffering from gender dysphoria to use the military as a funding source for their cosmetic fixes.
“The first thing we did is we reached out to all 13 members of the Coast Guard who have come out” as transgender, Zukunft told attendees at a Center for Strategic and International Studies event in Washington.
Zukunft said he contacted Lt. Taylor Miller, the Coast Guard’s first openly transitioning officer who was featured in a Washington Post article last week.
“If you read that story, Taylor’s family has disowned her. … And I told Taylor, I will not turn my back. We have made an investment in you and you have made an investment in the Coast Guard and I will not break faith,” Zukunft said.
That’s all well and good. How much has this troubled man been tested? How will he hold up if he ever is put in a position that cut him off from his supply of hormone treatments?
“And so that was the commitment to our people right now. Very small numbers, but all of them are doing meaningful Coast Guard work today.”
The Coast Guard operates under the Department of Homeland Security but is a branch of the U.S. Armed Forces and would fall under the transgender ban.
The ban that, for now, is not an actual ban, as the president has not delivered a detailed directive to the Pentagon.
Zukunft has previously expressed support for people suffering with gender dysphoria serving in the military, although his thoughts on admitting people with Borderline Personality Disorder, Schizophrenia, depression or paranoia is not known.
Following that June 2016 announcement, Zukunft released a statement supporting the decision along with then-Homeland Security Secretary Jeh Johnson.
“The U.S. Coast Guard has been involved in the Department of Defense’s extensive review of this issue, and will align its policies with the other military services,” they wrote. “All qualified people who wish to serve in our Nation’s military should have the opportunity to do so. Today’s announcement is another important step in that direction.”
Military fitness requirements encompass a vast list of conditions that would prevent someone from enlisting.
From Military.com, speaking to disqualifying genital conditions:
(13) Major abnormalities and defects of the genitalia such as a change of sex. A history thereof, or dysfunctional residuals from surgical correction of these conditions.
- Male genitalia.
(1) Absence of both testicles, either congenital, or acquired, or unexplained absence of a testicle.
That seems pretty clear-cut.
What about mental or emotional issues?
Neurotic, Anxiety, Mood, Somatoform, Dissociative, or Factitious Disorders
The causes for rejection for appointment, enlistment, and induction are a history of such disorders resulting in any or all of the below:
- Admission to a hospital or residential facility.
- Care by a physician or other mental health professional for more than 6 months.
- Symptoms or behavior of a repeated nature that impaired social, school, or work efficiency.
The causes for rejection for appointment, enlistment, and induction are transsexualism, exhibitionism, transvestitism, voyeurism, and other paraphilias.
I have to believe these rules were put in place for a reason, Zukunft’s support aside.
At some point, this social experiment put in place by the Obama administration is going to be put to the test. I don’t want to think about the potential threat to American lives that comes from this “feelings first” agenda.