An Army chaplain has been facing an investigation and calls to resign after blasting president Biden’s executive order that saw the ban on trans people in the military lifted.
In an apparent jab at the president’s executive action, Maj. Andrew Calvert of Fort Hood suggested that trans people are “unqualified” and “mentally unfit” to serve the country.
In a comment under an article about the new executive order concerning trans people in the military, the 3rd Security Force Assistance Brigade chaplain wrote:
“How is rejecting reality (biology) not evidence that a person is mentally unfit (ill), and thus making that person unqualified to serve.
“There is little difference in this than over those who believe and argue for a ‘flat earth,’ despite the overwhelming evidence to the contrary. The motivation is different, but the argument is the same.
“This person in a MedBoard for Mental Wellness waiting to happen. What a waste of military resources and funding.”
After the screenshot of his comment made rounds on the internet, Calvert has begun facing calls for resignation whereas some suggested he should be investigated and fired.
“How can this soldier be trusted to fight alongside his comrades and not betray them? Bigotry has no place in the foxhole, it is a national security risk,” someone wrote.
“He’s a chaplain, not a doctor. He CANNOT diagnose ‘gender dysphoria’ (which I think has been taken out of the ICD-10 codes, anyway). If he has a moral problem w/ someone’s choice (obviously!) he needs to leave the service.”
After the public outrage, the Security Force Assistant Command confirmed that an investigation into the Army chaplain has been launched.
“Always remember to ‘Think, Type, Post’ when it comes to engaging in conversation on social media platforms. We are soldiers 24/7 and that means always treating people with dignity and respect,” the authority wrote.
“We are aware of the recent comments posted to the Army Times Facebook in regard to the ban being removed on transgender service members. This incident is under investigation.
“The Security Force Assistant Command Enterprise fully supports the Commander in Chief, Secretary of Defense and all DoD policies. The United States Army has a strict standard against any form of discrimination based on gender identity.”