President Donald Trump’s decision to announce on Twitter Wednesday morning his decision to ban individuals who are transgender from serving in the armed forces created a rare opportunity for recruitment elsewhere: our neighbors to the north.
Canadian Forces, the official Twitter account for the Canadian Armed Forces (CAF), sent out a tweet displaying the level of tolerance their military has for the LGBTQ community.
— Canadian Forces (@CanadianForces) July 26, 2017
Canadian forces welcomes “all sexual orientations and gender identities,” the tweet said. Pictured in the tweet were members of their military in a street parade with Pride Flags attached to their instruments. A link goes to a recruiting webpage for the CAF.
Canada, along with 17 other nations around the world, offers full rights for its gay, lesbian, and transgender citizens that wish to serve their military. The Netherlands was the first to allow transgender members into its ranks, doing so way back in 1974.
Trump on Wednesday morning issued out a series of three tweets expressing his desire to end the practice of allowing transgender service members into the armed forces.
“Our military must be focused on decisive and overwhelming…victory and cannot be burdened with the tremendous medical costs and disruption that transgender in the military would entail,” Trump wrote.
Yet when prodded by the media, an anonymous source in the White House suggested that the ban was done for political reasons rather than by the advice of Trump’s top military brass. “This forces Democrats in Rust Belt states … to take complete ownership of the issue,” the source said. “How will blue collar voters in these states respond when senators up for re-election” are forced to defend their positions supporting soldiers who are transgender, they added.
The move today may weaken the nation’s military capabilities, as more than 6,000 members of the U.S. Armed Forces consider themselves transgender, and other nations, like Canada, may attempt to recruit them to make the move across the northern border.