Fort Hood chaplain’s Facebook post on order lifting transgender troop ban under investigation
FORT HOOD, Texas (KWTX) – A Facebook post in which Maj. Andrew Calvert, the unit chaplain for Fort Hood’s 3rd Security Force Assistance Brigade, criticized President Joe Biden’s executive order lifting a ban on transgender troops is under investigation, the unit’s spokesman, Maj. Jefferson T. Grimes, confirmed to the Army Times.
“How is rejecting reality (biology) not evidence that a person is mentally unfit (ill), and thus making that person unqualified to serve,” Calvert wrote in the post Monday on the Army Times Facebook page.
“There is little difference in this than over those who believe and argue for a ‘flat earth,’ despite the overwhelming evidence to the contrary,” he wrote.
“The motivation is different, but the argument is the same. This person is a MedBoard for Mental Wellness waiting to happen. What a waste of military resources and funding!” he wrote.
Grimes told the Army Times in an email the unit is aware of the post and said “the matter is currently under investigation.”
Calvert, the Army Times reported, joined the Army in 2009.
Mr. Biden signed an executive order on Monday revoking a Pentagon policy that largely barred transgender individuals from serving in the military.
The order also prohibits the military from forcing any service member out on the basis of gender identity.
“America is stronger, at home and around the world, when it is inclusive. The military is no exception,” the order says.
Secretary of Defense Lloyd J. Austin III directed the Defense Department to “take appropriate policy action to ensure individuals who identify as transgender are eligible to enter and serve in their self-identified gender.”
“The United States Armed Forces are in the business of defending our fellow citizens from our enemies, foreign and domestic. I believe we accomplish that mission more effectively when we represent all our fellow citizens,” he said.
“This is the right thing to do. It is also the smart thing to do.”
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