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Op-Ed: Three Reasons Why We Need Retired Marine General James “Mad Dog” Mattis At The Helm Of The DoD

December 08, 2016

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Retired Marine Corps General James “Mad Dog” Mattis is the very shot in the arm the United States needs to undo the wide-spread damage done to our military over the course of the last eight years. From allowing women in combat positions to allowances for transgender surgeries to reclassification of military job specialties that remove gender references, the United States military has been reduced to a social justice warriors dream come true and this man is exactly what the Department of Defense needs to put a screeching halt to the rampant “pussification” of our beloved military.

Though General Mattis has not specified how he would overhaul the Department of Defense (DOD), I am fairly certain we will see some undeniable changes forthcoming and, as I noted in the aforementioned, there are three of particular importance to me that need to be changed and removed: women in combat roles option, transgender or gender reassignment surgeries, and the reclassification of military occupational specialties (MOS) that are gender neutral.

It was almost a year ago that I wrote an opinion piece on women in combat roles and why it would fail – now fast forward to present day and we are still paying for a program that has yet to see any tangible return for the money being spent on it. Not one single female has passed the Marine Corps Infantry Officer Course and the last one to try, dropped out. Why are we still paying for this? The few women who succeed in other military infantry related courses are just that: a FEW.  This is a total waste of taxpayer money that would be better spent on gear for our troops who have had to go outside normal supply channels to get what they need – I would hate to think that funding these women to go through these infantry schools took money away from these men who had to spend their own money for gear. This is clearly fraud, waste, and abuse of funds on a program that was designed to placate feminists so they could check the block on “bitching until you get what you want,” which leads right into my next point: the DoD paying for gender reassignment surgeries.

In 1993, President Bill Clinton implemented his “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell” policy and although it had its own controversy, it had nothing to do with the allocation of millions of dollars to accommodate a single service member attain his/her goal of what gender he/she identifies with and not the gender one is born with. This is another complete waste of taxpayer money and now, because it’s been taxpayer approved, there’s no doubt that an uptick in enlistments by transgenders wanting reassignment surgery will surely happen and not because they want to serve their country, but because they want free gender reassignment surgeries. This will put more of a burden on the taxpayer as well as a burden on military readiness across the board. Why will this be more of a burden? Because gender reassignment surgeries are considered “elective” by insurance companies (unless its due to complications while the baby was in the womb); that means the patient must fork over the funds to cover the entire cost of the procedure(s). “ELECTIVE” – yes, a choice and quite frankly, I want my taxpayer dollars funding military readiness, not someone’s ELECTIVE sex change!  

Gender reassignment surgery to gender-neutral military occupational specialty job titles. Give me a break! If ever there was some serious eye rolling on my end going on, it was over this little gem of changing the job classifications to titles that are gender neutral. Well now, since women do not dominate in the combat military occupational specialties, we should change those job titles to something gender neutral … yes I’m being sarcastic, because this whole concept is the most asinine thing ever and a complete waste of money – the publications that will need revising, the training the troops will have to go through on it (e.g. sensitivity training comes to mind), and the countless counseling statements that will be written because some poor private used the wrong gender in an MOS title.   

It’s my hope and belief that General Mattis will scrap these three wasteful things and continue to clean house and go back to putting the troops FIRST instead of appeasing the feminist block (beta males included), social justice warriors, and left-wing zealots who are nothing more than keyboard commandos who are well-adept in the art of “bitching and complaining.” That mindset doesn’t win wars, it gets people killed and right now, we’ve had eight years of wasteful spending on these three issues (let alone lack of funding for troop gear, equipment maintenance, etc) at the expense of our military readiness (here’s a brief snapshot of what the U.S. Marine Corps aviation is facing regarding military readiness and what the lack of funding is doing to its fleet of aircraft).  

I believe that General Mattis will bring back esprit de corps for our troops for no where has morale ever been lower than what it is now – he’s a leader of leaders and someone that I would follow through the gates of hell to protect this nation that will be great once again. We NEED General Mattis at the helm of the Department of Defense and bring our military back to the glory it once held.

“You cannot allow any of your people to avoid the brutal facts. If they start living in a dream world, it’s going to be bad.” ~ General James “Mad Dog” Mattis

Theresa Giarratano is a retired US Army NCO studying Middle Eastern affairs with special emphasis on global terrorism. Her current status is assisting the Kurdish people by disseminating information regarding the fight against ISIS via social media platforms.