The U.S. Air Force has granted transgenders the option to skip fitness tests while they are “transitioning.”
According to Secretary of the Air Force Deborah James, who played a pivotal role in initiating the exemption:
This is another step in allowing transgender Airmen to serve openly, receive medical care relating to gender transition and allow transgender individuals to join the Air Force…Our strengths as a military are the quality and character of our people, and those things that make us unique are the same things that make us strong.
Specifically, the option to skip the fitness test applies to transgenders “during their period of transition, prior to a gender marker change in the MilPDS.”
Although the initiative might seem well-intentioned, the truth is that it essentially amounts to nothing more than reverse discrimination against non-transgender men and women.
If normal men and women are forced to work harder than transgenders in order to qualify for the same job, that’s discrimination.
And of course, there’s no denying that fitness tests serve a critical function in the military. Without high standards of physical endurance, soldiers not only endanger themselves but also their comrades on the battlefield.
But it’s not just the military: efforts to “equalize” perceived “inequality” has also infected fire departments and police departments across the United States.
Instead of transgenders, though, it involves female firefighters and officers who cannot compete with men in fitness tests.
From push-ups to pull-ups, women’s general inability to match the skill of men has caused some to believe an injustice occurred. This, predictably, is followed by lawsuits.
Like the case in Colorado Springs where 12 female police officers collectively filed a lawsuit claiming gender discrimination because the women could not perform a variety of fitness requirements to the level that men, on average, were able to perform.