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Ex-SEAL Gilliam: Transgender Ban in Military Good For 'Mission Readiness'

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By    |   Wednesday, 26 Jul 2017 08:30 PM

President Donald Trump's decision to ban transgender people from serving in the military comes down to mission readiness and standards, former Navy SEAL Jonathan T. Gilliam told Newsmax TV.

During an appearance on "Newsmax Now," Gilliam told host Bill Tucker the president has this one right.

"I'm glad to see that social experimentation has taken a back seat to mission readiness," Gilliam said. "Last year . . . I was reading a report where it said over $3 billion had been spent on transgender reassignment surgery and hormone replacement inside the DoD.

"We have to understand something here. There are standards and then there's discrimination. And we have to stick by the standards, whatever it takes to make this military, which is a fighting machine, to run as streamline as possible. It has nothing to do with judging people or fairness."

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Gilliam added that he feels being transgender is a "psychological issue" that the military should not have to address.

"I don't mean this by being discriminating, but [being] transgender in it of itself is a psychological issue regardless of what the psychology and psychiatry communities say," he said.

Gilliam, who also worked as an FBI agent and now hosts "The Experts" on Facebook Live, said he is not a judgmental person but when it comes to the military, there has to be a different set of standards to follow.

"There are certain things called social norms," he said. "[Being] transgender goes so far outside of those social norms that nobody, whether somebody backs them or not, there's always going to be an uneasiness about a man sitting in a skirt that was a man yesterday and now is dressing as a female in uniform. And that causes problems when it comes to readiness and the psyche of killers that are trained to defend our nation. That's all it comes down to."

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