Lt. Gen. (ret.) William G. "Jerry"
Boykin. (Defense Department)
Commenting on the Defense Department's newly released handbook to train the military on how to integrate transgender people into the services, Lt. Gen. (ret.) William "Jerry" Boykin, former chief of U.S. Army Special Operations Command and a top member of Delta Force, said the primary question is how does this transgender social experiment enhance the ability of the U.S. military to fight and win wars?
"Again it comes back to what is the purpose of the military? What’s their mission? It’s to fight and win wars," said Gen. Boykin in an Oct. 5 interview on Washington Watch with host Tony Perkins.
"That’s what Douglas McArthur said at West Point in 1962," said Boykin. "‘Your mission remains determined, fixed, inviolable.’ It is to win the nation’s wars. Ask yourself how does this enhance the ability to win wars?”
Earlier in the interview, Boykin said, “This administration has had a devastating impact on our military readiness. And what the Congress should be doing and the president should be doing now in every decision that’s made regarding the military, is the first question should be how does this enhance readiness? The ability to fight and win the nations wars."
“Every one of these social engineering things comes with a training package," said the retired general. "You need to understand that you’re going to force every man and woman in uniform to sit in a classroom and go through hours and hours of classes every time you throw in a new social experiment."
"And it’s not a one-time thing," he said. "It may be monthly, it may be quarterly, it may be semi-annually but you’re going to spend an awful lot of time that could be used on the code of conduct on preparing for war, you’re going to spend a lot of your training time which is very valuable, doing the programs that come with these social experiments.”
Host Tony Perkins, who is president of the Family Research Council, then said, “I mean the Pentagon spokesperson, the spokesperson for the Pentagon says -- notice they say spokesperson, not spokesman or woman because you just don’t know -- is ‘designed to assist our transgender service members in their gender transitions, help commanders with their duties and responsibilities, and help all service members understand new policies enabling the open service of transgender service members.’”
Gen. Boykin replied, “Again it comes back to what is the purpose of the military? What’s their mission? It’s to fight and win wars. That’s what Douglas McArthur said at West Point in 1962. ‘Your mission remains determined, fixed, inviolable.’ It is to win the nation’s wars. Ask yourself how does this enhance the ability to win wars?”
Back in June, the Defense Department announced that transgender people could now serve openly in the U.S. military.
In a press statement at the time, the DoD said, "Not later than October 1, 2016, DoD will create and distribute a commanders’ training handbook, medical protocol and guidance for changing a service member’s gender in the Defense Eligibility Enrollment System (DEERS). ... Over the course of the next year, the Department will finalize force training plans and implementation guidance, revise regulations and forms, and train the force, including commanders, human resources specialists, recruiters and service members."