As the US Pentagon moves to ban transgenders from serving in the military, Canada chooses the opposite approach.
CBC News reported, “New directives from the Canadian Armed Forces (CAF)… give guidelines on [transgender] medical and surgical supports, uniform and naming protocols, and accommodations for bathrooms, showers and other private areas.”
Canada wants to make it clear they are not only welcoming but also actively recruiting transgenders.
Department of National Defence spokesperson Derek Abma described the policy as one that will lead to long term success of the military.
"The CAF is committed to building a force that is composed of individuals with new perspectives and a broader range of cultural, linguistic, gender, age and other unique attributes, to better understand our increasingly complex world and respond to the challenges it presents"
Kirralie Smith, spokeswoman for Binary, lamented, “Once upon a time the military was about ability and merit. The strongest, fittest, smartest men and women who were physically and mentally fit and stable got the job. Now it seems to be more about political correctness and appeasement. How a person feels is considered more than facts and scientific data.”
Smith also questioned the effectiveness of the strategy. “Does the enemy care if the ones they are fighting are diverse or inclusive? Not at all. It may make a few of the top brass feel good about themselves but will it really increase the effectiveness of the military to defend the country?”