‘Xer’ in the Army now: Pentagon issues transgender handbook for military service members

‘Xer’ in the Army now: Pentagon issues transgender handbook for military service members
(Image: AFP via BBC)

It was inevitable. First, “this man’s Army” becomes “this man or woman’s Army” as the rigorous standards for combat soldiers are relaxed so that gals can play, too. Next, the Navy does away with those positively horrid sexist titles with “man” in them. After that, the Defense Secretary Ash Carter announces a new plan to make it easier for gay and lesbian troops to file discrimination claims.

Which brings us to today’s good news: the publication by the Pentagon of an “implementation handbook” for transgender service members. Never mind how ridiculous this latest victory for social justice warriors is. Focus instead on hard it is even for the well-intentioned enablers in the military to master the terminology and mental gymnastics needed to be a hale fellow person well met.

Consider the foreword by Secretary Carter “zemself,” which begins with this sentence:

Our mission is to defend this country, and we don’t want barriers unrelated to a person’s qualification to serve preventing us from recruiting or retaining the Soldier, Sailor, Airman, or Marine who can best accomplish the mission.

Anyone catch Carter’s unforgiveable error? If not, train your gaze on the word airman in the previous paragraph and join me in shouting, “SEX-ISSSST!”

The whole 71-page boolest is rife with half-hearted attempts to speak the language of the lunatical Left. Take pronouns. On page 2, we read:

You should be sensitive to the use of pronouns when addressing others. This will vary by individual and unit. If there is ever any question about pronoun usage, do not hesitate to ask the Service member how they wish to be addressed.

If you have questions or concerns, you are encouraged to talk with your chain of command.

That’s followed up by this Q and A on page 5:

What pronouns should I use with transgender Service members?

This will vary by individual and unit. Transgender Service members should work with their unit leadership to establish correct pronoun usage. If there is ever any question about pronoun usage, do not hesitate to ask the Service member how they wish to be addressed.

And that’s all he/she/it wrote.

What a copout! The Pentagon could have at least invited in a member of academe to try to explain the indecipherable hodgepodge of silly-sounding invented words that will never stick to the English (or any other natural human) language.

Eventually, the societal pendulum will swing back, and the handful of people who have long suffered from gender disphoria, a mental disorder, will go back to seeking help or suffering in silence. And as for the implementation handbooks the Pentagon squandered your tax dollars on? They’ll make a nice bonfire.

Ben Bowles

Ben Bowles

Ben Bowles is a freelance writer.


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