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.
@CNN yeah, lets make it even more ugly for the real troops…
— We Attack at Dawn! (@RockyMtsunshine) June 30, 2016
@ABC a)This is not going to improve our fighting force b) This will not improve "recruitment" c) This does not serve THE MISSION
— Diana Miller (@seamm54) July 1, 2016
— Doctor Garrett (@doctor_garrett) July 1, 2016
— American Citizen (@surchn4truth) July 1, 2016
— Colorado Grandma (@CoFemale) July 1, 2016
@nytopinion except most of the armed forces would disagree with that. Let's see how cohesive the units are with this "progressive" policy
— William Daniels (@Storm_Warden) July 1, 2016
— Moshe Francis (@moekamerow) June 30, 2016
And on that note:
@CNN Why has the Military turned into a social experiment? Oh yeah its being run by a social activist "President".
— Kevin (@CharNotColor) June 30, 2016
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