Pentagon announces new transgender policy–then vets & red-blooded Americans let ’em have it

The Pentagon announced Thursday that it was removing its longstanding ban on transgender individuals from serving in the U.S. armed forces.

People taking to social media weren’t amused.

“The Defense Department and the military need to avail ourselves of all talent possible in order to remain what we are now — the finest fighting force the world has ever known,” Defense Secretary Ashton Carter said Thursday at a Pentagon press briefing, according to CNN.

“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. We have to have access to 100% of America’s population,” he said.

“Although relatively few in number, we’re talking about talented and trained Americans who are serving their country with honor and distinction,” he said. “We want to take the opportunity to retain people whose talent we’ve invested in and who’ve proven themselves.”

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To say social media was displeased would be an understatement — barely an encouraging word could be found.

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