Ex-Marine Colonel Tears Army’s Attention On Gender Ideology
A former US Marine colonel and Republican candidate for Congress argues that the US military has become increasingly preoccupied with gender ideology as concerns over a protracted conflict with Russia loom.
Retired Navy Col. Mitchell Swan is one of several Republican candidates vying to represent Georgia’s 10th congressional district in the United States House of Representatives.
He published a campaign ad titled “Insane” on Tuesday, warning that the military has misplaced its priorities because the Russia-Ukraine conflict represents the “biggest European ground war since World War II”.
“Where is our army concentrated? ” He asked. “Gender dysphoria and wake-up training. It’s insane.”
“[Russian President Vladimir] Putin is looking at nuclear options while we are evaluating transgender therapy options,” he lamented. “As a retired colonel who has led marines overseas, I know this woke up the indoctrination in our military.”
He didn’t mince his words saying that “[t]This is why I oppose transgender people in our ranks.
If elected to Congress, the candidate has pledged to “fight woke politics on all fronts.”
Swan’s announcement includes screenshots of a presentation obtained by The Washington Free Beacon highlighting a “Policy on Military Service for Transgender Persons and Persons with Gender Dysphoria” from the U.S. military.
The publication obtained the slides from a “whistleblower who was ordered to undergo high-ranking officer training in the Army’s Special Forces.”
An army spokesperson told the Free Beacon that all army personnel will be required to complete the training by September 30 and confirmed the slides were part of ‘mandatory training’ on the recent changes made to the Department of Defence’s military service policy.
The training slides instruct army commanders on how to respond in certain scenarios where a soldier identifies to varying degrees with the opposite sex.
One storyline features a “soldier who was assigned at birth” who “says he identifies as female”.
“Soldier lives like a woman during his hours of rest. He does not have a medical diagnosis, does not plan to seek treatment, and does not experience significant distress related to his gender identity. The soldier does not ask to be treated like a woman during his service.
In this scenario, army commanders are given a list of “considerations and responsibilities” instructing them to “treat the soldier with dignity and respect.”
However, the presentation asks army commanders “to inform [the] Soldier of the Army Soldier’s Transgender Policy and recommend that he seek medical attention” if he “later requests to be identified as female during duty hours and/or experiences heightened distress related to his identity of gender”.
“Gender transition in the military begins when a soldier receives a diagnosis from a military medical provider that gender transition is medically necessary,” the guide states.
In the second scenario, a soldier who was “assigned female at birth” tells his first sergeant “she identifies as male and would like to be treated as male” even though she does not didn’t see a doctor.
As in the first scenario, the army commander is advised to treat the soldier “with dignity and respect”. In this case, the commander is obliged to inform him that the army recognizes a soldier’s sex based on his “gender marker in [the Defense Enrollment Eligibility Reporting System].”
“Coinciding with this gender marker, the soldier is responsible for meeting all uniform and grooming standards; assessment of body composition; physical preparation tests; participation in the drug abuse screening program for military personnel; and other standards applied taking into account the sex of the soldier,” the presentation reads. The commanding officer also has an obligation to “advise [the] Soldier to see a military medical provider.
The presentation also describes the Army’s “Transgender Service Policy”, which “allows transgender soldiers to serve openly” and requires that “an otherwise qualified soldier shall not be involuntarily separated, removed from duty, or refused service. re-engage or continue service on the basis of gender identity.” The document states that the military is “open to anyone who can meet the standards of military service.”
“All soldiers must maintain Army standards, good order and discipline at all times,” the presentation added. “Transgender soldiers are held to the same standards as any other soldier with the same DEERS gender marker.”
The US military began allowing trans-identified soldiers to serve openly last year.
Swan isn’t the only candidate in a crowded Republican primary to draw attention to the hotly contested transgender debate.
Last month, Rep. Vicky Hartzler, R-Mo., one of several Republican candidates seeking an open seat in the Missouri Senate, posted an ad bemoaning the participation of biological men who identify as women in women’s sports, insisting that “women’s sports are for women, not men pretending to be women.
According to Politico, former President Donald Trump won Georgia’s 10th congressional district by a margin of 24 percentage points in the 2020 presidential election.
The Republican presidential ticket’s large margin of victory indicates that whoever wins the GOP primary will head into November’s general election as an overwhelming favorite. As noted by the Cook Political Report, the district includes the cities of Athens and Greensboro.
Polls have shown Swan failed to gain traction in the race to replace incumbent Rep. Jody Hice.
In January, a poll conducted by Republican pollster Fabrizio Lee found that Swan received 3% support among Republican primary voters, tying three for fourth place. A February poll by the Trafalgar Group did not even list Swan as an option in the Republican primary.
The National Conference of State Legislatures lists May 24 as the date for primary elections for federal races in Georgia in 2022. If no candidate receives 50% of the vote in a primary, a runoff between the top two will be held on 21st of June.