Military experts are hoping that President-elect Donald Trump will move to reverse a spate of social engineering policies in the Department of Defense pushed by the Obama administration.
Radical social engineering policies in the military have dangerously “cut down on the warrior mentality,” according to GOP Rep. Duncan Hunter, The Washington Times reports. Hunter — an early Trump supporter — is a key member of the House Committee on Armed Services.
For Hunter, Trump’s secretary of defense needs to eliminate women in combat roles, reverse the decision to allow transgenders to serve openly and bring back the word “man” in Navy and Marine Corps job titles.
Hunter himself is being potentially considered for secretary of the Navy, or even defense secretary, given his early support of Trump.
On the point of women in combat, Hunter noted that, “It doesn’t do anything to further our capacity as war fighters. It doesn’t do anything to make us more effective or efficient at getting the job done and killing our enemies and protecting our allies. It’s just a distraction. It’s not like there are thousands of women getting into the infantry now. It will never be that way.”
Elaine Donnelly, president of the Center for Military Readiness, agreed wholeheartedly with the plan to reverse women serving in combat roles.
“Those policies have to be rolled back,” Donnelly told Military Times. “Right now the policy is that women can and will be assigned to ground combat units. That pronouncement can indeed be changed by a future secretary of defense.”
At this point, not a single woman has applied to the Navy SEALs. Only one woman has attempted to become a Green Beret and failed. No women have passed the Marine Corps Infantry Officer Course. One woman tried for Air Force special operations and left after she sustained an injury.
Hunter also thinks the June 30 decision allowing transgenders to serve openly in the military needs to be done away with.
“Ridiculous,” Hunter told The Washington Times. “Overturn it immediately because it doesn’t make any sense. How does that help you fight and win wars? That’s what I think Trump is going to bring to this — some common sense. Period.”
“Having transgender operations paid for by the U.S. taxpayer is one of the stupidest things I’ve ever heard of because it doesn’t do anything to help America project power or to fight and win its wars,” Hunter added. “Nothing. There’s no upside to it whatsoever.”
Although Trump rails against political correctness, whether he will attempt to touch LGBT gains in the military remains to be seen. In his recent “60 Minutes” interview, Trump said he was fine with gay marriage and would not push for its invalidation, breaking from the views of Vice President-elect Mike Pence.
But if Trump decides to reverse women in combat roles, for example, the process is relatively easy. In other words, the policy could simply be reversed unilaterally, as Congress has not gotten involved by adding any extra laws.
“It’s a very tricky subject,” Trump told CBS News in December. “You’re in there and you’re fighting and you’re sitting next to a woman, and now they want to be politically correct. They want to do it, but there are major problems. And, as you know, there are many people that think this shouldn’t be done, at a high level, at a level of general.”
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