Trey Gowdy & Military Service
Trey Gowdy (former US Congressional Representative from South Carolina and current contributor to Fox News) expressed a few candid facts about military service in response to a loaded question from a CNN reporter about the ban of transgenders serving therein. His remarks follow:
Nobody has a "right" to serve in the Military. Nobody.
What makes people think the Military is an equal opportunity employer?
Very far from it. The Military uses prejudice regularly and consistently to deny citizens from joining for being too old or too young, too fat or too skinny, too tall or too short.
Citizens are denied for having flat feet, or for missing- or for additional-fingers. Poor eyesight will disqualify you, as well as bad teeth. Malnourished? Drug addiction? Bad back? Criminal history? Low IQ? Anxiety? Phobias? Hearing damage? Six arms? Hear voices in your head?
Self-identify as a Unicorn? Need a special access ramp for your wheelchair? Can't run the required course in the required time? Can't do the required number of pushups? Not really a "morning person” and refuse to get out of bed before noon?
All or any of those can be reasons for disqualifying a person for Military service.
The Military has one job. Warfare. Anything else is a distraction and a liability.
Did someone just scream, "That isn't Fair!"?
Warfare is very unfair. There are no exceptions made for someone being special or challenged or socially wonderful. To be accepted, train and serve in the Military, you must change yourself to meet Military standards. Not the other way around.
I say again: You don't change the Military. You must change yourself. The Military doesn't need to accommodate anyone with special issues. The Military needs to win Wars. If any of your personal issues are a liability that detract from combat readiness or lethality, thank you for applying, and good luck in your future non-military endeavors.
Who's next in line?
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