Secretary of Defense nominee James Mattis could swiftly reverse several social policies implemented by the Obama administration, Fox News reports.
The policies most at risk of reversal are the proposed integration of transgendered troops into the fighting force and the removal of gender specific ranks from the enlisted corps.
“Our focus is defending this country, and we should not spend so much time on social engineering,” Retired Army Lt. Col Robert Maginnis told Fox News. He continued that Mattis will “bring the warrior ethos back to the Pentagon.”
Mattis, along with a co-author, wrote in a recently published book, “We fear that an uninformed public is permitting political leaders to impose an accretion of social conventions that are diminishing the combat power of our military.”
“Social engineering was a distractor from what the main mission of the United States military was about,” Retired Army Gen. Jack Keane also emphasized. Keane declared “We were involved in conflict and war, and these reforms achieved a level of prominence that subordinated the issue of war itself.”
Mattis has opposed letting women serve in combat roles in the past saying, “The problem is that in the atavistic primate world” of close-quarters combat, “the idea of putting women in there is not setting them up for success,” Mattis said. He continued that the military must consider, “what makes us most combat effective when you jump into that room and you’re doing what we call intimate killing.”
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