The proof is in the pudding.
Military organizations have been a bastion of racism, prejudice, and intolerance for literally thousands of years. As humans evolved from hunter gatherers to agriculture based societies, there was a need for a warrior class that would defend the clan and crops or capture new territory. Military institutions would evolve from spears and sticks to robots, digital battlefields, body armor, and GPS guided surveillance drones. Even then, militaries across the globe strive for complete standardization and identity-less troops. Basic training is designed to tear down an individual and remake the individual into a homogenous identity-less person that meets rigid physical and mental standards. During basic training, strong willed individuals that cannot adapt to the military pathos are removed.
Examples of extreme prejudice in the military are how the Irish were treated during the Mexican American war, the Confederate army executing black union soldiers or the Strategic Air Command’s indifference to black oppression.
In much regard, military organizations naturally default to the principals of Maslow’s hierarchy. A big part of being part of a military organization is belonging. Then again ignorant people with low self-esteem are the first to engage in exclusion.
Over the past several years, the US military has worked hard to reduce institutionalized racism, sexism, and intolerance. The benefits are manifested in a much more cohesive fighting force and a much more positive work environment where people work together. The focus on the individual must be defined via content of character, works, and deeds. We have to look at an individuals performance and how they actually get the job done. In the case of a Nevada National Guardsman, that individual seems to adhere to a high standard of conduct, military bearing, and task oriented competence. In addition, the Nevada National Guard has money, time and training invested in the individual. It would be a detriment to unit readiness to force this person out of the military because of gender dysphoria.
However, the Obama era transgender policy encouraged folks with gender dysphoria to join the military for free transgender reassignment surgery. After 18 months, an individual could request gender reassignment. Of course, that individual would then not be eligible for deployment for up to 18 months. Instead of diligently training for their primary job, their focus would be on gender reassignment etc. Some military schools cost the tax payer upwards of a million dollars for training. The unit then spends countless man hours training an individual to do their assigned job in the military. Aviation jobs in the military require focused individuals that can fix aviation assets competently anywhere in the world or people die.
In a time of intense war ops tempo and world wide deployment, we cannot tolerate folks that cannot be deployed and carry their weight. Otherwise, other folks have to pick up the slack. This is not fair to others because ” intense ops tempo” as a negative effect on the organization, families, and the mental health of the individual. This effects unit morale and ultimately Veterans Administration spending etc.
It is clear that Sgt. Sam Hunt is a very sharp troop that takes the job seriously. This individual also engages superior interaction skills, is positive, and speaks very well. If he does the job to an acceptable standard, this individual must be retained and treated with professional indifference and tolerance. This.s called intelligence and dedication. It is called acceptance of the facts.
As we all know, the military is full of soldiers that just do enough to get by, engage ghetto level communication skills, and never amount to a hill of beans. Someone has to rise to the occasion. Hunt seems to be a competent patriot, that is proud to be in uniform, and takes the job seriously. This is called a human asset that contributes. Lets us employ the better aspects of our angels.
My old 728th commander, I used to fly with… I learned from the best….
STATEMENT FROM GOVERNOR SANDOVAL ON NV NATIONAL GUARD CURRENT POLICY
CARSON CITY, NV – July 27, 2017“Yesterday, upon learning of the President’s Twitter announcement that transgender individuals will no longer be allowed to serve in the United States military, I immediately requested information on what protections the State could put into place for those individuals serving in the Nevada National Guard. Under advisement of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, I have directed the Nevada National Guard to make no modifications to the current policy, unless instructed to by the Secretary of Defense. Nevada has a long history of treating our military and veteran community with the dignity and honor they deserve. In the past I’ve signed into law protections for these vulnerable communities, including Senate Bill 148 which requires the Nevada Department of Veterans Services to provide resources for LGBT veterans that were dishonorably discharged because of sexual orientation or gender identity.
As Commander in Chief of the Nevada National Guard, I support Guardsman Hunt and am thankful for his longstanding service to our state and country. We will serve all of the members of our military as well as they serve us and give them the full respect they have earned. They deserve nothing less.” — Governor Brian Sandoval