After President Donald Trump’s tweet that there would be a reinstatement of policy banning transgender individuals from serving in any capacity in the military, many have expressed outrage. How could anyone do that? How could you just refuse someone wanting to join the military, who wants to do the patriotic thing? However, what about the transgender men and women who are already serving in the military? What do they think?
The Air Force Times reported one airman spoke out, and, yes, he is transgender. In the interview, Staff Sgt. Logan Ireland said:
‘I would like to see them try to kick me out of my military. You are not going to deny me my right to serve my country when I am fully qualified and able and willing to give my life.’
He also added:
‘For the president to deny an able-bodied, fully qualified person the inherent right to raise their right hand and serve their country, potentially giving their own life for our freedoms, is doing this country an injustice. I would personally love for my president to meet me so I can tell him about myself, and the 15,500 honorably-serving transgender military members that are fighting right now for their liberties and their country.’
He then laid out just how far reaching transgendered men and women are in the U.S. military.
‘We have pilots, we have doctors, we have combat medics, we have security forces members like myself. We are everywhere in the military, and for our president to not have a military member’s back that is willing to die for him, blows my mind. And it just makes me very motivated today to continue my training.’
Additionally, a former Marine and now Army reservist, Sgt. Jack Schuler, shared the same sentiments, saying they would have to kick him out before he gave up his uniform.
‘I will continue to report for duty in the uniform of the day until I am forced to receive my DD214.’
Furthermore, he said:
‘For every qualified, fit to serve transgender person lost, there will have to be another person recruited and trained to replace them. Given the small number of transgender service members and the fact that not every transgender person opts for full or any medical reassignment, more will be spent imposing the ban than would be saved in treatment costs.’
Another transgender Marine, a corporal, who spoke under the condition of anonymity, summed up his love for his country and his military perfectly:
‘I have never described myself as trans; I’m a motherf***ing Marine. That’s all that matters. Don’t tarnish my title with your bigotry and fear of the unknown.’
There really is nothing more patriotic than someone saying, “I’m a motherf***ing Marine.” That’s someone who has pride and love for their brothers, sisters, and country. In a time of uncertainty with unstable world leaders such as North Korea’s dictator Kim Jong-un pushing every button they can, we will need more people like that anonymous corporal, like Sgt. Jack Schuler, and Staff Sgt. Logan Ireland.
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