A female National Guard recruits consideration to resign due to enforced showering and living conditions with a transgender person has raised serious concerns over military policies. The 18-year-old recruit was reportedly forced to shower with a transgender individual, biologically male but identifying as female, and sleep between two individuals in the process of transitioning from male to female.
Senator Mike Rounds (R-SD) brought attention to this issue during a recent hearing. He voiced the recruit’s fears about expressing her discomfort and potential retaliation, thus highlighting the pressing need to reconsider current integration policies, saying”
“I’m aware of a situation; it was just brought to my attention — a young woman in the South Dakota National Guard experienced a situation at basic training, where she was sleeping in open bays and showering with biological males who had not had gender reassignment surgery, but were documented as females because they have begun the drug therapy process.”
Adding, “This 18-year-old girl was uncomfortable with her situation, but had limited options on how to deal with it. If she raised her hand, she feared she’d be targeted for retaliation. She could have recycled which would have delayed her freshman college start and would not have provided a guarantee of a different situation. She could request to leave the Guard for religious purposes and not be able to pursue her dream of serving our country.”
Gen. CQ Brown, the Biden administration’s nominee for chairman of the joint chiefs of staff, admitted that while ensuring inclusivity, it is crucial not to make others uncomfortable, suggesting that policy improvement is needed.
This incident has sparked heated debate on the appropriateness of current military policies concerning transgenders.
Senator Rounds criticized the Biden administration’s policies, attributing the discomfort experienced by the recruit to its progressive agenda. He linked this discomfort to potential hindrances in meeting recruitment goals, implying a correlation with the President’s executive order integrating transgender individuals into the military.