A conservative military watchdog is calling on the Trump administration to revoke all of the mandates made by the pro-LGBT Obama administration regarding so-called “transgender” military personnel.
Private Bradley Manning is being released from military prison at Fort Leavenworth, Kansas, on Wednesday as the result of former President Barack Obama's decision to commute his 35-year sentence.
Manning, a former intelligence analyst, was convicted in 2013 of leaking more than 700,000 secret military and State Department documents to WikiLeaks.
The transgender man identifying as a woman will remain on active duty without pay, pending his ongoing appeals of his court martial. However, he will be eligible for healthcare and other benefits upon release.
Manning suffers from gender dysphoria and wants the Army to pay for his sex reassignment surgery.
Center for Military Readiness President Elaine Donnelly maintains that there is no statutory right for service members to have a sex change procedure.
"This is a mandate that the Obama administration imposed and the Trump administration should revoke – not just because of Bradley Manning, but because of all the medical personnel in the military who are being forced to carry out this LGBT agenda to extreme," Donnelly insisted.
Furthermore, Donnelly says that all of these considerations do not contribute one thing to improving the all-volunteer force.
"In fact, they require the military to accommodate persons who are known to be less deployable, who are known to have psychological problems for which their treatments are long-term and very expensive – and not helpful to military readiness at all," the expert on military matters pointed out.
Donnelly noted that even if Manning's convictions are upheld – and he is no longer eligible for the government-paid treatments – the Trump administration should still act sooner, rather than later, to revoke Obama's transgender mandates.