As the youngest branch of the military, the Space Force has yet to do anything noteworthy. That all changed with one press conference.
And the U.S. Space Force made a shocking announcement you don’t want to miss.
Lt. Gen. DeAnna M. Burt of the United States Space Force acknowledged at a recent Department of Defense (DoD) LGBTQ+ PRIDE event that she would prioritize access to “gender-affirming care” over qualifications when assigning personnel.
Burt cited several states that have passed laws prohibiting minors from having transgender surgeries — and, in some cases, puberty blockers and cross-sex hormones — and said that, while she would normally consider job performance and qualifications before selecting officers for specific jobs, she also had to consider whether her troops and their families would feel safe in those assignments.
Watch her statement below:
The @DeptofDefense "pride" event last week gets more bizarre with scrutiny.
1. Here, LTG Burt openly admits she lets supposed concerns over "anti-LGBTQ+ laws in a state" about "healthcare" dictate personnel choices, even if it means choosing a less-qualified officer. pic.twitter.com/O5zc2yku9P
— William Thibeau (@WilliamThibeau) June 14, 2023
“Transformational cultural change requires leadership from the top, and we do not have time to wait,” Burt began.
“Since January of this year, more than 400 anti-LGBTQ+ laws have been introduced at the state level. That number is rising and demonstrates a trend that could be dangerous for service members, their families, and the readiness of the force as a whole.”
“When I look at potential candidates, say for Squadron command, I strive to match the right person to the right job,” she continued.
“I consider their job performance and relevant experience first. However, I also look at their personal circumstances, and their family is also an important factor. If a good match for a job does not feel safe being themselves and performing at their highest potential at a given location, or if their family could be denied critical health care due to the laws in that state, I am compelled to consider a different candidate, perhaps less qualified.”
Lt. Col Matt Lohmeier, a Space Force veteran who was stripped of command after saying on a conservative podcast that Marxism was infiltrating the US military, said in a tweet that Burt had actually done what he was sacked for.
“I was once fired from command in the @SpaceForceDoD for allegedly ‘being politically partisan while acting in an official capacity.’ That allegation was totally false,” he said.
I was once fired from command in the @SpaceForceDoD for allegedly “being politically partisan while acting in an official capacity.” That allegation was totally false.
Lt Gen Burt here demonstrates what being politically partisan while acting in an official capacity really… https://t.co/cghkdMhsFn
— Matt Lohmeier (@matthewlohmeier) June 14, 2023
“Lt. Gen. Burt here demonstrates what being politically partisan while acting in an official capacity really looks like.”
Burt’s comments suggest that the Defense Department — or, at the very least, the United States Space Force — is leaning into politics in a way that could be more damaging to overall force readiness if she is truly willing to prioritize a service member’s access to transgender surgeries and hormones at a given duty station over their fitness for that job.
In the U.S. Army’s “Soldier’s Creed,” one line reads, “I will always place the mission first.”
Burt’s statement implies that the “mission” comes second to catering to the LGBTQ+ community.
And that shouldn’t surprise Americans one bit.
After all, Biden and his ilk are the ones pushing “diversity, equity, and inclusion” on ever aspect of society.
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