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The Next “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell”

How one soldier is confronting the military's ban on transgender troops

Jacob Eleazer, a 28-year-old TAC (Teach, Assess, Council) officer, learned he was up for promotion this December. For seven years, he’d been an exemplary soldier, rising to the rank of first lieutenant, and now on his way to captain. But there was a problem. Within the confines of his military training center, in western Kentucky, Eleazer still went by his birth name, which was female.

Outside his Army base, Eleazer lived as a man, one of 15,450 military personnel who consider themselves transgender, according to a recently released study, but don’t dare come out to their fellow soldiers and risk jeopardizing their careers.

“My colleagues just assumed I was a really butch lesbian,” says Eleazer, who has broad shoulders, close-cropped hair and a jutting chin.

Jacob Eleazer: "My colleagues assumed I was a really butch lesbian."

Like Chelsea Manning, the former Army private who gave classified documents to WikiLeaks when she was known as Bradley Manning, Eleazer hadn’t identified with his gender since puberty. Yet he believed that undergoing any kind of anatomical change was unrealistic—too many complications—and so for years he lived as a lesbian. But in 2011 he decided he couldn’t abide the dissonance any longer. He soon came out to his friends and family, who were supportive, and for the last two years, he has lived as Jacob. But he only recently resolved to surgically modify his gender.

Not all transgender men and women in the military, however, wish to make such a transition. So as long as they are quiet, their secret is safe, but any major medical procedure must be reported to the military. And just when Eleazer learned he was up for a promotion, he also learned that a doctor could remove his breasts. If he passed on the operation, another opening in the doctor’s schedule might not present itself for a while.

Eleazer understood the risks.

“The hardest thing,” he says, “was deciding whether to transition or stay in the military. I identify very much as a soldier.”

For decades, transgender men and women have been barred from serving in the military. The rule is rooted in an archaic theory that equated being transgender with having a mental disorder. Four years after Congress repealed the “don’t ask, don’t tell” law, activists have been agitating for change, and point to other nations, like Israel and England, which allow transgender military personnel. Last week, an independent commission, led by a former U.S. surgeon general, released a study confirming what psychiatric doctors have known for years: “There is no compelling medical reason for the ban,” as the report states, and it has no legitimate basis. The commission called on President Obama to overturn it immediately.

Whether or not the ban is ultimately overturned, Eleazer’s fate is now precarious.

“I’ve been dreading the process for a while,” he says. “Being in the service has been a dream.”

Indeed, Eleazer’s view of the Army is almost sentimental. “I always wanted to be part of something larger than myself,” he says. “I feel I have a debt to pay. And watching these young soldiers walk in, all terrified? I get to see them grow into the future leaders of the military, and that’s incredibly meaningful to me.”

Eleazer is one of more than 15,000 military personnel who consider themselves transgender.

Still, there was not really a choice for Eleazer. “You get sick of trying to hide,” he says. “And this was about valuing myself, needing to feel comfortable in my body. I didn’t want to lead a double life anymore.”

He elected to have the surgery, and in January notified his commander, who has the distinction of being the first female TAC officer at the installation. She had been a mentor to Eleazer, who was the second.

“I was worried she’d feel I’d been lying to her,” he says. “That she’d feel betrayed.”

But the commander was unperturbed, even encouraging, and opted to promote Eleazer anyway. He was still concerned about his other colleagues, the two officers with whom he drilled candidates. They were “standard conservative masculine dudes,” and for a long time he’d been evasive with them about his personal life. But they were unbothered, too. One of them even said, not unkindly, “Well, that makes sense.”

Eleazer's lawyer aims to convince the military that he isn't mentally ill.

But the decision about Eleazer’s fate does not rest with his colleagues or commander. It is now up to a panel of field-grade officers who will soon call him to plead his case. He will appear before them wearing his best uniform, though he is unsure whether to wear a man’s or woman’s. Eleazer’s lawyer will present evidence and call witnesses to prove only one point: that he is not mentally ill.

There’s little chance that the panel will allow him to continue serving. Instead, he’ll likely be discharged, which poses yet another obstacle: Anything less than an “honorable” distinction will impede the rest of Eleazer’s career. Without such a grade, it would be all but impossible to obtain a federal or state job, which is part of his plans for the future.

“Who’s going to have me if the military claims I can’t perform?” he says.

Meanwhile, he will continue to perform his duty for as long as his superiors allow him. He says that in mid-April, during the next session of drill, he’ll explain his situation to his young candidates, who may struggle to process the information. But Eleazer is not especially concerned about the conversation.

“I don’t ask their opinions about things,” he says. “I’ll probably take my hat off and have a talk about it. Then I’ll put it back on, and it will be business as usual.”

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  • Liberalism is a mental disorder. Also what is being articulated above is a mental disorder. 

  • Sorry but this does not help the military. Let’s keep politics and social experimentsout of the military and keep the militarystrong!

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    • Exactly, so he should get to serve his country since he’s a capable soldier.

  • I appreciate Jake’s service, and the ratings he’s received over the years are due to the high quality of his leadership and performance as a member of the military.  He also serves all of us as an academic, and an advocate.  I’m not a member of the LGBTQ community,but this identity is really irrelevant – as a middle aged woman and proud citizen of this country, I value the work he is doing in each of these roles.  I’m really disappointed the lack of basic civility and respect in so many comments here.

  • Thank you to the author for sharing this story and thank you to this soldier for his service and for fighting to continue to serve his country. Respected armed forces of other nations like Israel allow transgender service members. It is not clear to me why this ban is still in place. God bless any American that wants to serve their country. 

  • How are the commandments intolerant? Are you insane? The first commandment is do unto others as you would have do unto you. You fucking moron.

  • Muslim’s hate gays, why is Obama facilitating gays in the military while decimating the US military budgets/capabilities/benefits and at the same time providing massive funding, support/training, tactical weapons to al Qaeda and the Taliban? …and the Muslim Brotherhood are advisors in the Obama White HouseAnybody connecting the dots?

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    • You are living proof that smoking weed might not be good for you after all. Have you ever been out of whatever redneck town you come from?! Stop spouting total rubbish and educate yourself on something other than fox news.

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      • World Daily News is delivered to his inbred box.

      • Ls,I don’t agree with everything that he says but I totally think you need to be reeducated.Obama is destroying the military.  He hasn’t done one good thing militarily. You can say osama but only because off Bush policies that the stopped.  Under his policies we would not have gotten him. This is fact.You probably listen to msnbc that gets a tingle up his leg when Obama speaks.  The same man that said he had been to 57 states and had one more to go to….

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  • Sorry, I noticed my last comment was removed. We do not like censorship! Please would you change the article because there is no such thing as the English Military! They are part of a greater collection of nations. Why must people believe a lie that England has Embassies and a Military when it is the UK that has that! 

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    • For the same reason that even the British routinely insisted upon referring to the “Russian” military, during the seven decades of the Soviet Union.Also, among some Scots and Welshmen, because you lot still are, and always will be, “bloody England.”

  • It is time to wipe christianity off the map.  Way too hateful of a religion to survive this new age of enlightenment.  Keep taking them to court, forcing them to remove their crosses, commandments, and other symbols of intolerance.  We can eradicate christianity within a generation, keep up the good work.

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    • indeed, lets kick them out of  our schools, lets sue them into the poor house, eradicate their places and symbols of worship, make them frightened to speak their beliefs even in their own home for we shall find them and stamp them out and ERADICATE them. That will get rid of all that hate.  You are a joke, troll harder.

    • Who are you? Hermann Goering reincarnated?

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    • So, you are proposing fighting intolerance with intolerance, even though Christianity is not wholly germane to the topic?  Quite frankly, your comments do not paint a kind picture of compassion and enlightenment.  Instead, you are making a mockery of ‘enlightenment’ and appear to have more than your share of ‘issues. 

    • 0/10 Troll rating. Would not read again.

  • Can I just say that one glaring falsity is that England has a military. It does not! Nor does England has embassies. The United Kingdom does which is more then just England! So please fact check things you write!

  • Listen up, this story has military poser plastered all over it as written, as anyone who has served Army knows already. In any case, from a combat (not fob-bat) leaders perspective, making a cohesive fighting unit out of a bunch of softened unruly twitter kids these days is challenging enough without throwing in a person who has issues with whats between their  legs and trying to decide what their gender will be on any given day. Leave that nonsense at the door. The unfortunate truth our progressive pals will never comprehend is that the military is there to do ugly harsh, but absolutely neccesary acts of violence, and is not their personal trophy case to “diversify”. It is not your socual experiment or platform to prove some point with wreckless disregard for the health of the bigger picture. The Army works one way, YOU take direction from it, not  the other way around. 

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    • Learn about Kristen Beck.. 20 year Navy SEAL and shut your pie hole

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      • Ugh how little you understand.  Change the song already. everyone knows about Chris Beck. Who switched teams after honorably serving, and more power to him. If all trannies could be chris beck and every military member a SEAL, the world would be a better place, sadly not the case.  You know it as well as i do your arguement wont hold water in any real world scenario in a military that is to be taken seriously. Or perhaps you dont, i mean i only joined up, fought in Iraq and Trashcanistan, what do I know about how the military works.  You and your ilk have always hated the military, and will do anything to emasculate immobilize and destroy it. Hate to break your heart, but it wont happen. Let me know when you join, train and deploy so you actually have a leg to stand on, and gain a clue as to what it is you are talking about. All that hate will burn you up one day.  You are dismissed.

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      • I wasn’t in Special Operations, but I retired four years ago and served with SEALS, Special Forces, and Rangers during my time in. I have six deployments under my belt, and I wasn’t a FOBBIT. That being said, I have the utmost respect for every soldier that dons the uniform no matter what they wear on their right sleeve, or how they earned it. This respect lasts as long as they uphold the values they are supposed to live. I never cared who they legally slept with, what they looked like, who they did or didn’t pray to, or what they had between their legs. As long as they perform, and uphold the standards, a good soldier is a good soldier. I served with Australian and UK trans soldiers without issue and the ones I met were professional and competent. As a leader, you want the best material to work with, why would you limit yourself by excluding people that could quite possibly be the best person for the job at hand? If they serve and are POS, put them out like any other POS, but until they demonstrate incompatible behavior it’s just plain stupidity to exclude them.

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      • Are you a transsexual?

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      • Are you? It seems the worst detractors of being transgender are those who are still in the closet and do it for no other reason than to deflect suspicion from themselves. It’s one of the saddest results of society’s stima placed on the LGBT community.

      • I’m grateful for your rational perspective.

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      • Thank you Mike. This was a well written article. The only thing I would change is that it probably should have been made more clear that the officer is in a Reserve or National Guard status. Some people see that as an attempt to paint the picture differently than it actually is. I hold the service of all honorable veterans in high regard, no matter what branch of service, but some would use this as an indicator of subterfuge.

  • In a perfect world – this would not be an issue.  But since the Clinton era – where government ( the Giverment ) – there is a feeling that every move and every group has to favor the minority view.  The military is not about helping others to “fit in”  and feel accepted.  The military and all of its branches – should be operating “sexually neutral” —  I’m almost OK with don’t ask dont tell… as long as you keep your private life to yourself. What next …. Will the Military be required to have Gay Magazines in the PX along with Gay Social clubs for the Homosexual officers?

  • How about, “Don’t Let(him in).” This unhappy person will not be happy as a warrior….unless he is fighting for HIS RIGHTS! Just what we need another angry, disgruntled “confused” person in the military. Geez, the military will have to put in a trans bathroom just for Him, wherever he goes. What happens in combat…gona whine and moan there, too? Can the gays, lesbians, trans ever stop B*tch*ng. You are not the only groups existing on planet earth. We are tired of your never-ending whine-whine-whine. Get a backbone.

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    • you sound upset.

    • Learn about Kristen Beck.. 20 year Navy SEAL and shut your pie hole

  • Jake might be a little gay too, not just mentally ill. But it’s a hell of an idea….be a straight guy who want’s to get into a female barracks and all you have to do is simply claim you’re a woman at the moment and wear some womens underwear! The Russians and Chinese laugh at us. They don’t put up with that kind of ridiculous BS.

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    • No “straight guy” would go through the transition process for that reason and that is obsurd.

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      • Plenty would attempt it to mock the whole transgender thing.

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      • Why don’t you? Not going to happen. You have no idea what transgender people go through, and you would not be strong enough to even pretend to be transgender.

  • We have 1 in the White House….Why should we stop there and not let the Military receive the same treatment the entire Nation is being subject to???

  • right away the article makes her out to be a victim. she said she struggled with her sexuality since she was a kid,it’s obvious that anyone who wants to go through this procedure has a mental illness not a gender identity problem…when as a society did we lose our flair for the onvious.

  • say goodbye to an elite figting force the best in the world now that liberals corrode it with their perversion and filth.

  • What a load of hogwash.Check out Eleazar’s Linkdn.  That person has been too busy as a pshrink doing research on LGBTEGDFEUXYZ issues over the last decade to be any kind of active duty soldier.I will give the columnist the benefit of the doubt that he doesn’t know the difference between an NCO and an officer. It is incredible ignorance on the part of a “reporter”, but plausible.  Perhaps Eleazar was a TAC Officer in the Reserve or National Guard at an Officer Candidate School?  It’s still not believable that noone would have known of this person’s leanings.  Eleazar has a very visible presence in the academic/psychological fields.  As a former reserve officer, I knew what my colleagues civilian professions were and they knew mine.  This reminds me of the terrorist attacker at Ft Hood–Everyone knew Nidal Malik Hasan was an Islamic nutcase, but noone in his chain of command threw up a red flag because they were afraid of the PC police.The article states that Eleazar was afraid to come out to her commander because she was afraid of its effect on her promotion prospects.  This was stated as if the commander was the person who does the promotion.  A commander gives an Officer Evaluation Report, yes, but the next commander up the chain also rates the officer.  The report is forwarded even further up the chain to the person who decides officer promotions–usually a general officer for company grade (Lieutenant throught Captain) promotions.

  • No wonder Putin has the confidence he does.

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    • Agreed

  • I served for 24 years, retiring last September.  My question is this:  when did they stop doing full physicals as part of entry into the service?  There’s no way (in my day) a transexual could have entered the military when I joined.

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    • Um, I was in the military before you joined, 2/2, 9th Infantry Division at Fort Lewis, WA in 1983. You meet transsexual people all the time. Maybe even have had sex with them. The only chance you ever have of knowing who is who is to help remove the stigma from it so we don’t have to hide anymore.

  • I would love to see one of you cowards walk up to retired Navy SEAL Kristen Beck, formerly known as Chris Beck, and tell her what you think…  

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    • I’ll just bend over & crack him/her a smile… ;-) 

  • I can’t wait for Obama’s military to produce generals in pink tutus or push-up bras with lacy panties.

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    • They already exist

  • Cannon fodder

  • This entire article is proof positive that sexual perversion leaves people not even able to think straight.  “so HE lived as a lesbian”, and not one of you will see the confusion and contradiction there.  Sad. Just sad. America is doomed. 

  • Hope our military can emerge from this decadent and incompetent administration without going down the tubes. Lot of the men in my family served going back to the 1600′s. A lot of them got hurt or killed, so my family has skin in this. The armed forces are not a social experiment. They are a sword and shield to defend the rest of us. Anything that blunts the sword or buckles the shield needs to be stopped, thwarted, and trashed.

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    • You Sir, are absolutely correct.

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      • I agree, this president has the ability to issue an executive order to end this ignorant regulation that deprives our nation of the services of some of our brightest and best, yet he refuses to do so. Throwing away a perfectly good soldier, trained and proficient in their warrior tasks and drills is a waste of money, talent, and potential that harms our national defense immeasurably.

    • How eloquent!  Thank you for a small bit of sanity amongst the deluge of insanity we find ourselves now wallowing in… at least those of us who are desperatly trying to survive. First the fairies… now the degenerates!

  • Like it or not, transgenders have hugely higher rates of mental disorders. You can trot out one anecdotal case in any group where this isn’t true, but the fact of the matter is that overall, a natural man is going to be bigger and stronger and better-adjusted mentally and cost less, and the goal of the military is to field the best fighting force possible for the least money – since anything less gets soldiers killed. Keep the PC nonsense in the corporate world – our military should be 99% male and straight (Don’t Ask Don’t Tell is a workable policy, and 1% of women can compete on an equal footing)

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    • Transgenderism IS a mental illness!!!

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      • Not according to the APA.

  • Well her/his Commander n Chief bees known as TwinkleToes,so what’s the big deal??

  • Freaks like this do not belong in th military – morale is low enough already. Being a transexual or homosexual is clearly a mental disorder despite what the liberals say to try and “normalize” or reduce the stigmatism.

  • I would just like to point out that there are more of us transgender military men and women than you think. In my short time I served I tried my best to hide it as well I got a honorable medical discharge for unrelated conditions but had I stayed I would have been in the same boat as this man. I salute you brother and hope they realize how well you served. 

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    • Its freaks like you that will get REAL men killed in battle. Listen freak, you are NOT a man just because you decided to mutilate your body. Genetically you are still a woman with xx chromosome. You have tried to cheat God’s design for you. You are a woman and there is nothing you can do to change it.

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      • I’ve saved literally hundreds of soldier’s lives. You have no idea what you are talking about.

    • This is the reason that you freaks will always be hated by the rest of society. Nobody loves you.

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      • You’re also wrong I have a very big loving family and am married so. Yet again wrong. I have alot of love and i also go unnoticed im the mens room as well as anywhere else I go. 

      • Lol. such tough and angry talk coming from a little man behind a keyboard. Are you suffering from little man syndrome? Standing on your keyboard only adds abbout an inch to your actual height.

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    • Drop dead. I don’t want your f@ggot azz protecting me!

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      • Im actually not gay. So that’s just plain incorrect. 

  • Well she will still be a she even after her addadictome.

  • The war against the Russians will be fought by the homosexuals, trans people and the athiests. Don’t even bother looking for my Christian straight son. He is obviously not wanted during peace time.

  • What if you have a johnson but you define yourself as a woman.  Do you get to shower with the women and, if not, why not?

  • She certainly looks like a woman to me and will always be, no matter the nips and tucks…so she’s going before a panel and can’t decide what to wear?  “…though he is unsure whether to wear a man’s or woman’s(uniform).”  You mean she was issued both?  My hat’s off to all who serve in the military, but this is just undue PC BS stress for those around her.  But of course she knows that.   

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    • Officers buy their dress uniforms, they aren’t issued.

  • Transgender woman are hot when they don’t act like dudes

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    • Transgender women don’t want to act like or look like dudes.

  • freak show in our miltary

  • I think that as part of the entrance exam….you have to take a whiz and write your name in the snow. If you say your name is ‘Fred’, but the signature is an unreadablee scribble, you should be disqualified.

  • LGBT, or whatever, are just lifestyle choices. Nothing more.

  • Chromosomally, we can tell if the person is male or female. Anything else is a psychological disorder.

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  • Perhaps with all this gender and gay stuff going on in the military the ID tags that the troops wear should reflect the sex that the person identifies as so if captured they would be treated properly. That way the muslims will know what to do with them. 

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    • Geez, it wasn’t that long ago that you were denied enlistment if you had flat feet.

  • Please just refer to 1LT Eleazar as a woman. She has XX chromosomes and no amount of cross dressing or surgery is going to change that. The military shouldn’t have to pander to everyone who has some aberrant sexaul attraction. I’m sure there are BDSM practioners in the service, they just can’t show up for morning muster wearing a dog collar. I’m sure there are rubber fetishists in the service, but they can’t wear MOPP Level 4 every day because it excites them. 

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    • You don’t understand TG or BDSM, do you? The military had to pander to your witty arrogant behavior, why shouldn’t they help someone worth their time?

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      • I understand those things better than you know and speaking as a vet with more than a decade’s experience, the military’s role isn’t to help people it’s to fight wars and defend the country. Our continual pandering to sexual peccadilloes weakens the military.

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      • As a vet with more than two decades of service, I can say unequivocally that you are ignorant.

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      • I can uneqivocally say that you are ignorant. Maybe we can bust the vocativ comment board going back and and forth.

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      • I take it back. Anyone that can’t spell a word correctly that is right there in the previous post is definitely not ignorant. Ignorance is easily fixed. What you have going on is a condition much worse than ignorance.

    • Next up: those who self-identify as vampires … or their natural enemy, the goths.

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    • Gender has nothing to do with sexual attraction.

  •   After 42 years with the Army (20+ years on active duty and 21+ as a Contractor in the Combat Training business) I can tell you that there have been gays, lesbians, and transgenders in the military since its inception.  Almost all of whom have served honorably.  The Military is a microcosm of Society, not the other way around.  Service is an avocation for some, a stepping stone for others, and a personal experiment for a few.  As long as you have my back in combat I don’t give a darn who or ‘what’ you are.

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    • Thank you for making such a respectful, wise, clearheaded comment.

    • Homosexuals have been in the military, but the rest of the menagerie, no. I served for a totla of 30 years and I NEVER saw any “transgenders”. The pandoras box has been opened and the rancid contents have been poured out. I am so glad I retired. The military has gone to hell in a handbasket.

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      • Science tells us what they are, in regards to those who have undergone medical modifications. As for homosexuals, I like the idea of their keeping it to themselves: why should they make anyone else uncomfortable? Do they not realize that sexuality should not be their identifier and that it is as unsettling to a straight man as it would be to a woman who is in close confines with a man who makes sure you know he is into sex with women? It is … irrelevant and creepy. Other than that, if a soldier / sailor / airman / marine is rescuing me, I don’t care if he plays with Barbies and likes hairy men who dress up as little bo peep: thanks for saving me!

      • Of course you never saw them, SFC.  They had (and have) a choice to make:  hide and serve, or be themselves and get kicked out.  For to those of us who feel compelled to serve the country we love through military service, we make the choice to hide (I’m coming up on six years).  

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      • Of course you never saw us, SFC.  We have to hide if we want to serve….

      • I remember going through DADT repeal training and I asked the O6 giving the training what the Navy’s plan was to protect out homosexual Sailors who were deployed to non-SOFA countries where merely being gay earned a long jail sentence.He told me nothing had been done. It is a pandoras box in more ways than one.

      • We may have served together, what units were you in? I’m sure you would have found me to be competent, smart, and asset to any mission, just like all the other NCO’s I worked with during my 28 years in the military, many of whom I’m still friends with.

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    • Serious question: can you point me to one example of an active duty post-op transgender?

  • Obama is going to stand up to Putin with a platoon of trannies. lololol What a sad joke our President is. Government by and for the freaks.

  • This story doesn’t make sense – officers aren’t drill instructors.  And which is it – is this a he to she or a she to he?  Not clear, and I don’t care enough about this stupid story to figure it out.  This freakshow needs to find another line of work. 

  • Christians are so stupid.  They insult the TS community, as if they had a choice with their sexuality.  This is why people are rejecting christianity in record numbers, and soon, it will be wiped off the map here in America.  One lawsuit at a time, but it will get done.In the meantime, since our military sucks so bad they can’t win a war, let’s try something different.

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    • If only someone had shut off Iamblichus’ embilicus …

    • Christianity has been shoveling dirt on the graves of its enemies for over two thousand years. Get in line. 

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      • Now that’s a proud, true Christian. It’s important to shovel dirt on those you love. That’s what you meant, right? Because I was told that Christians are supposed to love their enemies. Either Christ was wrong, or you are. Which is it?

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    • I am accepting of LGBT, a supporter of the movement for inclusion and equal rights of those people in the military, and as an AD service member with 14 years, and as a Christian, I’d like to point out that making generalized statements like this is absurd and ignorant. But you go and enjoy your first amendment rights.

    • It is a lifestyle choice.Talk about insulting, pot…..

  • Someone who is unsure if they should wear a man’s uniform or a woman’s is not someone I would want to follow into battle. 

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    • Just someone you would like to take home to replace your fat wife.

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      • I think the deviants over-value themselves. Personally, if I were locked in prison for the rest of my natural life – or even a foreseeable extended one – the idea of getting close to another man willingly, except in combat, is repugnant to me … and even the latter is something I’d avoid if I could do so without suffering personal injury. Gays are gay, great: the rest of us are many things, and heterosexual. I don’t think I’ve ever had to tell anyone what my sexuality is – let alone my gender – except to get them to stop hitting on me.

    • They shouldnt be in battle. They should be in a hospital.

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      • I think they want to be … paid for by tax-payers, for their mutilations.

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    • It’s probably do to the high scrutiny of a promotion board, not indecisiveness of battle. You wouldn’t have any idea.

    • Bingo – we know if it is a man or a woman, the problem is that IT doesn’t seem to know. What else doesn’t it know, if something so apparent eludes it?

  • 15,000 of these wackjobs in the military??? Who came up with this ridiculous number?? These “Things” do not belong in the American military….they are INSANE!!

  • No wonder Russia and everybody else don’t respect the United States.

  • No wonder the US is a laughing stock.

    1. I would welcome true ‘diversity’ in the Military.  When I was in one couldn’t be gay or smoke and use dope openly. That General who managed to plea bargain his way out of a court martial this past weekend, subjected a woman to a humiliating ‘kneel down’ ‘SKIT!’ in front of him as he was mustered out. A more diverse Army would have placed a fetching Trannie in place of the woman.
  • There is no compelling reason for making a relationship between two people of the same sex into a state defined contract or legal status; ie, gay marriage.

  • Issue 1: Officers are not Drill instructors, Not for enlisted nor for OCS.  This entire story is a lie.  Issue 2: how does the author know there is 15k+ transgenders in the military?  This number is being thrown around with no basis in truth, what is the source of you statisic.  In 20 + yrs of military service I have only heard of about 2 people ever accused or thought of being a crossdresser.  This is a mental diease and these people need help, the stresses of military life are no place to work out your issues.

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    • If you can show me how wearing a dress makes you a better killer, I might go along with it,otherwise the military is no place for social experimentation.

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      • THe military can’t win a war, maybe we should try something new, since they suck so bad.

    • And 1LT to Captain is basically a “time in service” promotion.  

  • Why must the writer insist on referring to her as if she were a male? Is this any different than someone who thinks they are Napoleon? She has needed therapy for years. Perhaps she can go to therapy with that violent cat in Seattle.

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    • I suspect the shrinks will have better luck with the violent cat…

    • What is your gender?

  • FICTION.  A “Drill Instructor” (Sergeant) who is up for promotion to Captain. LOL!

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    • Nearly missed that one. I gather that knowing something about what one is writing about is no longer required in the world of so-called “journalism”…

    • I didn’t see the term Drill Instructor anywhere in the article. The Army doesn’t even have Drill Instructors, we have Drill Sergeants. I only saw TAC Officer, and I assume the drill they were talking about was the once a month drill that Reserve and National Guard soldiers attend. I think they are called MUTAs. Maybe a TAC Officer at an Officer Candidate School, since the soldiers were called candidates.

  • Don’t ask, don’t tell, that this country is going to hell!

  • Thought for sure it would be Ped0philes.

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    • They will be the left’s next “protected group”. After all, they were “born that way” and “can’t help it”, so if you don’t like it, YOU are the one who is in the wrong.

  • Obama is sissifying the military as fast as he can. Soon the only fighting soldiers will do is fight to see who can be the first to get back to the barracks for some sicko perverted sex.

  • This writer is editorializing more than reporting. Telling the reader that the idea that gender-confusion is in any way unusual is just his/her opinion.Aren’t you tired of advocates pretending to write news?

  • You let people with mental disease into the military, and you deserve what you get.  They wouldn’t let a man who was convinced he was Henry the Fifth into the services, why should they let a man who believes that he is a woman.

  • Back in my military days in the mid 60′s, I wouldn’t be at all surprised if these people were lost at sea.

  • Although I don’t know where the author got the number of Trans soldiers/service members, I know that there are a lot more of us than most people think. All we want is to continue to serve while being who we are. It’s frustrating,  but the US is headed in the right direction. Just like the repeal of DADT, I can see the freedom to live as our correct genders is on the horizon. Hang in there!

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    • Thank you for serving. You are an inspiration to us all.

  • Are you kidding? The military will soon be a circus and no country will feel threatened by a group of clowns.We have stepped down to accomadate the few while the majority no longer rules.The end of the greatest military force in the world will be the last word said on the U.S.forces. 

  • Democrats lost America’s first Civil War because they enslaved Black people. Democrats are going to lose the second Civil War because they attempted to enslave the rest of us.

  • What is it?  The author lost me at “jutting chin” and I quit reading.

  • Oh my, what shall I wear to the Marine Corps Ball?

  • ” . . . 15,450 military personnel who consider themselves transgender but don’t dare come out to their fellow soldiers and risk jeopardizing their careers.”THIS IS WHY THE FOLKS DO NOT SEE ANY CREDIABILITY IN THE MEDIA wHERE DO YOU GET THESE #s ?IF YOU STATE THE GOVERNMENT – THEN YOU ALSO BELIEVE  O-B-A-M-As NUMBERS ON tHE AFFORTABLE C Act ENROLLMENT & PAID UP SUBSCRIBERS !

  • I think I’m Henry VIII. Should you all bow before me and refer to me as “Your Royal Highness”? If Bradley Manning believed that he was Patton, should the military have issued him five stars? How is it mental illness for me to think that I’m a dead British king, but not mental illness for a man to think he’s a woman?

  • When WW3 begins, all of this will be sorted out.  Unlike prior WW’s, WW3 will be fought INCONUS.  The citizenry will not escape unbloodied.

  • Thee freaks don’t belong in the military.

  • There is no such person as Chelsea Manning.  HIS name is Bradley Manning.  Nor is this story about a man named “Jacob” Eleazor; it’s about a confused woman who calls herself Jacob.In all but a vanishingly small fraction of cases, a person’s sex is exactly what their genetalia indicate, either male of female.  “Feelings” and “personal identification” don’t enter into it.She’s a woman who thinks she’s really a man.  But if she were and anorexic who weighed 80 pounds and yet continued to think she were fat, would anyone insisit we should respect that “feeling” and allow her to get liposuction?  Of course not.  We should no more entertain sexual delusions than we should those of anorexics.

  • The true and hidden mission of the GLBT movement is to convince emerging nations that the West is loony. This is a load of bull. Get Obama out of office. Reverse gay marriage nonsense. Declare homosexuality a disability and let’s get on with running the world.

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    • So secret that they didn’t even bother to tell me at the last meeting, and I have a secret clearance. It must only be released on a need to know basis.

  • Just another example of liberals seeking to destroy the greatest fighting force on earth.  Liberals hate the US Military and want to destroy it because they view it as a bunch of babykillers and war criminals that supports the evil USA.

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    • True

  • “There is no compelling medical reason for the ban,”.Perhaps. But there should also be no compelling reason for anyone to act surprised when these folks are fragged by their own platoons.

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    • And there will be no compelling reason to not find those that do so guilty of murder so that they spend some time with Chelsea.

  • Normally, when there is a disagreement between the mind and the body, we go with the body.  The body is reasonably immutable whereas the mind should never be so.If a man went to a psychiatrist proclaiminmg to be a horse and left with a prescription for hay, he would surely be sued for malpractice.Every cell in his body knows his true gender. 

  • THis thing needs mental help.

  • This person looks nothing like a drill sergeant.  This story has many holes in it.

  • you claim he’s been an exemplary soldier, due for promotion to captain. umm, army drill sergeants aren’t officers. his linkedin profile says he’s been at eastern kentucky university since 2003. your story stinks.

  • This article is made up you are either an officer or enlisted, officers are not drill sargeants. You can go from enlisted to officer but there isn’t the right time frame. Good piece of fiction.

  • Why not…..the “Commander in Cheif” is a fanook.

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