In 1993, both houses of Congress passed legislation with veto proof majorities. The law, Section 654, Title 10, Public Law 103-60, Military Personnel Eligibility Act of 1993, declared homosexuality incompatible with military service. Prior to the law, President Clinton put forth his “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell Policy.” Under the law, homosexual service was prohibited. Under the Clinton policy that also became Department of Defense regulation to implement the law prohibiting homosexual service, a person could not be asked if they were homosexual (Don’t Ask) and they could not tell anyone they were homosexual (Don’t Tell). If they professed homosexuality or were found in a homosexual act, they were still separated. The law, Section 654, Title 10, Public Law 103-60, Military Personnel Eligibility Act of 1993 was forever misnamed Don’t Ask Don’t Tell. The law repealing Public Law 103-60 was called the Don’t Ask Don’t Tell Repeal Act of 2010. In 1993, the Congress fulfilling a Constitutional duty “To provide for organizing, arming, and disciplining” the military and “To make all Laws which shall be necessary and proper for carrying into Execution the foregoing Powers” prohibited homosexual service. The administrative policy circumventing the Constitutional law regarding homosexual service is “legislative” social engineering. It was the initial shot at transforming the military and American cultures for the long term by the draft dodger who professed “loving [his] country but loathing the military.” With the 2010 repeal, Congress became the social engineer.
It was no secret among Soldiers that homosexuals were already serving. For those serving, the difference then from now is that it was about their service not their homosexuality. Open service for homosexuals was never about service just as homosexual marriage was never about marriage. It was about social engineering a new norm first in our most trusted institution and then across the country. I wrote about it before and predicted the things to come for the military, Don’t Frighten the Horses and Repeal Don’t Ask Don’t Tell? and Our Moral Fabric if you care to read. I was called a homophobe, a bigot and accused of hiding behind religion among other things. But the fact of the matter is that social engineering produced a new protected class and all of the associated issues that take time away from military leaders whose time is already stretched thin with things having nothing to do with their primary war fighting mission.
And there are other issues. Women in combat were an issue for much of my time. The first social engineering step toward accomplishing that was integrated basic combat training at the lowest unit level. Now we have women who have completed Ranger School. There are women who recently graduated from Infantry OSUT and the restrictions on women serving in direct combat units are no longer. I and probably any Soldier career or otherwise, will tell you that it is the standard that matters. A woman should be able to serve in any capacity if she can meet the required physical and mental standard. From experience, gender norming will happen if it has not already. No amount of social engineering will remove a male’s protective instinct nor will it help a leader solve new issues right on down to accommodating field personal hygiene.
We are again making accommodations for religious garb and religious grooming standards.
The newest is transgenders. Does your biologically male Soldier who thinks he is a female have to meet male physical and grooming standards or female standards? Where does he or she shower? Who will fill the hole left in the unit while he undergoes sex change procedures? And what about the woman who believes she is a man? And you can just run out the list from there. None of it should be allowed to further burden military leaders and put readiness at risk.
Social engineering has become the way of politicians, academes, media types, et al all who want to shape the future and culture of American society and one cannot be sure what end it is they have in mind nor I believe do they for that matter. Court decisions, legislation, executive decrees, the manner of subjects taught to our children and even slants added to news reporting. All of it can and has been used to shape our culture, future direction and now even to risk the effectiveness of our Armed Forces.
When the military becomes a product of social engineering with the goal of changing a culture that is older than our country, the lives of Soldiers and the welfare of our nation is at stake. It is time for Congress to fulfill its role “To provide for organizing, arming, and disciplining” the military and “To make all Laws which shall be necessary and proper for carrying into Execution the foregoing Powers.” And they need to do it with the sole purpose of the military in mind. It is not too late to remove Soldiers, Sailors, Airmen and Marines from the social experimentation Petri dish and return them to a war fighting culture. Our Soldiers deserve military battle focused leadership whose undivided attention is committed to their primary mission of training Soldiers how to fight and survive minus the ramifications of edicts coming down from the mountain.
© 2017 J. D. Pendry