The social justice warriors have been demobbed

The US military machine, with some 1.2 million active servicemen and servicewomen, have decided that focussing on battlefield skills and training is probably a better use of their time and resources than focussing on?dealing with transitioning the 0.1% transgender servicethings among them.? The Washington Times reports: Quote.

Fighting will now take precedence over dealing with transitioning transgender troops, drug abuse and other issues as the Army seeks to overhaul its training regimen to hone its soldiers? battlefield skills.

In a series of servicewide memorandums approved by Army Secretary Mark Esper and Chief of Staff Gen. Mark Milley and obtained by The Washington Times, service leaders are making optional previously mandatory training on issues such as transgender transition and drug abuse. The move, Army leaders argue, is designed to relieve stress on the overburdened troop training regimen and refocus on soldiers? ability to fight in combat.

?The Army?s regulations and policies that deal with training were pretty settled, and there were not a lot of detractors to it. ? It was all the other [training] requirements that we levied on ourselves, or we had levied from other places? that led to the increasingly cumbersome approach to combat readiness, said Col. John O?Grady, chief of the Army?s collective training division.

Those mandated training requirements ?served as barriers to maximizing time ? to build readiness and lethality? within combat units, he said in an interview. Aside from ending mandatory training programs on transgender troops and drug abuse, courses on media awareness and human trafficking have been eliminated from the mandatory curriculum, the service memorandums state.[…]

Along with scaling back noncombat training mandates, service leaders are also extending the time soldiers spend in infantry training. Soldiers graduating from the nine-week basic training course will now spend an additional two months in ?advanced individual training? before heading to their first duty stations.[…]

Pushing command-level decision-making processes down to unit-level officers has been a trend for U.S. forces since Mr. Trump took office. […]

?One of the things this did is reinforce to commanders out in the field that you have the authority and responsibility to ensure your units are as highly trained as humanly possible? to carry out combat operations. […]

Army officials say the decision to eliminate mandatory training for transgender troops was not made for ideological reasons, but because the effort had already run its course.

?Transgender training is complete across the Total Army,? one of the service memorandums states.

The initial push for mandatory training on transgender troops was to educate older officers and senior noncommissioned officers unfamiliar or uncomfortable with transgender troops, an Army official said. Younger, junior officers and newly enlisted soldiers do not require the same level of education on transgender issues. […] End of quote.

And if you believe the last three paragraphs, I have a bridge to sell you.