Hot News Flash: Life is Unfair

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Hot News Flash: Life is Unfair

by baldilocks

Fill­ing in for the illus­tri­ous Fausta, who will return next week.

Today, Pres­i­dent Trump announced that the US mil­i­tary will revert to its for­mer pol­icy of bar­ring trans­sex­u­als from enter­ing the mil­i­tary. As we recall, it was For­mer Pres­i­dent Obama who changed the long-​standing ban on trans­sex­ual mil­i­tary service.

As I posted this morn­ing, there are hun­dreds of med­ical con­di­tions – phys­i­cal and men­tal – which pre­vent ser­vice in the US military.

One of my civil­ian friends asked whether this means that trans­sex­u­als who are already serv­ing hon­or­ably will be invol­un­tar­ily sep­a­rated from the ser­vice. Good ques­tion. Most of us who have served know that entry stan­dards and ser­vice stan­dards are sim­i­lar but separate.

So let’s find out what’s what.

Fox News fea­tured the president’s tweets on the topic and it is here where the ambi­gu­ity lies…no pun intended.

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Okay, his state­ments are not that ambigu­ous. I fully under­stand the entry pol­icy, but does this mean that the trans­sex­u­als already serv­ing will be manda­to­rily retired? Sounds like a pre­car­i­ous pol­icy. Notice that I don’t call it “unfair.” My ser­vice taught me two over­ar­ch­ing lessons: that life is inher­ently unfair and that feces hap­pens. But I do think that those who are serv­ing with­out inci­dent — med­ical or oth­er­wise — have earned the priv­i­lege of con­tin­u­ing to serve. But it isn’t my call.

If the DOD spec­u­lates that the ser­vice by trans­sex­u­als brings with it too much poten­tial readi­ness– and money-​costing drama and not enough ben­e­fit to war-​fighting capa­bil­ity, then trans per­sons will likely be medically-​retired.

Let the cry­ing continue.

Juli­ette Akinyi Ochieng blogs at baldilocks. (Her older blog is located here.) Her first novel, Tale of the Tigers: Love is Not a Game, was pub­lished in 2012. Her sec­ond novel ten­ta­tively titled Arlen’s Harem, will be done one day soon! Fol­low her on Twit­ter and on Gab​.ai.

Please con­tribute to Juliette’s JOB: Her new novel, her blog, her Inter­net to keep the lat­ter going and COF­FEE to keep her going!

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by baldilocks

Filling in for the illustrious Fausta, who will return next week.

Today, President Trump announced that the US military will revert to its former policy of barring transsexuals from entering the military. As we recall, it was Former President Obama who changed the long-standing ban on transsexual military service.

As I posted this morning, there are hundreds of medical conditions – physical and mental – which prevent service in the US military.

One of my civilian friends asked whether this means that transsexuals who are already serving honorably will be involuntarily separated from the service. Good question. Most of us who have served know that entry standards and service standards are similar but separate.

So let’s find out what’s what.

Fox News featured the president’s tweets on the topic and it is here where the ambiguity lies…no pun intended.

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Okay, his statements are not that ambiguous. I fully understand the entry policy, but does this mean that the transsexuals already serving will be mandatorily retired? Sounds like a precarious policy. Notice that I don’t call it “unfair.” My service taught me two overarching lessons: that life is inherently unfair and that feces happens. But I do think that those who are serving without incident — medical or otherwise — have earned the privilege of continuing to serve. But it isn’t my call.

If the DOD speculates that the service by transsexuals brings with it too much potential readiness- and money-costing drama and not enough benefit to war-fighting capability, then trans persons will likely be medically-retired.

Let the crying continue.

Juliette Akinyi Ochieng blogs at baldilocks. (Her older blog is located here.) Her first novel, Tale of the Tigers: Love is Not a Game, was published in 2012. Her second novel tentatively titled Arlen’s Harem, will be done one day soon! Follow her on Twitter and on Gab.ai.

Please contribute to Juliette’s JOB:  Her new novel, her blog, her Internet to keep the latter going and COFFEE to keep her going!

Or hit Da Tech Guy’s Tip Jar in the name of Independent Journalism!