ivnja wrote:Forget sex, forget gender, forget orientation - if you can keep up, you should be able to serve, full stop.
I'm in complete agreement here. Why should any of that matter to military service? I don't get why people make things like this an issue. If you are physically able to participate in the military, and you want to join, you should be able to serve. None of the other stuff should matter.
While I agree with your point, I have to disagree on a detail. There are lots of reasons beyond physical ability why someone should not be allowed a uniform or a firearm of any sort. William Laws Calley Jr and Steven Dale Green are two examples of people who had M16s when the forces were desperately short of young men and letting just about anybody in.
As I said, I agree with your point, because problems like those two are in no way correlated with sexual orientation or gender identity, as far as I know. If anything, the assholes like that are the ones most likely to be homophobic, transphobic, misogynist ... pieces of dogshit, so actually having an openly and even famously trans-friendly military ought to discourage them from joining and generally improve that military's ability to get operations like those in Kosovo and Sierra Leone right.
This is also a big argument, imo, against conscription. I don't mind the "compulsory paid national service" part of the idea so much. It's the idea of getting the racists and dickheads even the army wouldn't normally take in, training them as killers, telling them they're awesome now, handing them select-fire rifles and large amounts of ammunition and deploying them en masse to a foreign country that gives me the heebie-jeebies.
Judging by the quoted tweets, Trump isn't interested in peace-keeping, protection of aid agencies, protection of civilian populations, rehabilitation of former child soldiers, infrastructure projects to reduce the pressure on resources that was increasing inter-tribal tension in the first place, the Protocols of the Geneva Conventions or any of that "wishy-washy liberal" stuff that was completely missing from the plan for Iraq back in '02 and '03. He just wants to see "our enemies" crushed, see them driven before him and hear the lamentations of their women while he's grabbing them by the pussy. He's the "let's just turn their whole country into a radioactive glass parking lot" type, and that's the type he probably wants in "his" military now that he's the Commander-in-Chief.
Oh, Willie McBride, it was all done in vain.