Army investigating Texas chaplain for comments about transgender soldiers
Army officials are investigating a Texas chaplain after he made disparaging remarks against transgender soldiers in a social media post.
Maj. Andrew Calvert, a chaplain with the 3rd Security Force Assistance Brigade at Fort Hood, wrote on the Army Times’s Facebook page on Monday that transgender soldiers were “mentally unfit” and “unqualified to serve.”
President Biden the same day signed an executive order to repeal former President Trump’s ban on most transgender people serving in the military.
The Army’s Security Force Assistance Command on Tuesday revealed that it was looking into Calvert’s actions.
“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,” officials said in the statement.
The statement also reminded Army personnel of the service’s “Think, Type, Post” social media policy and “always treating people with dignity and respect.”
Army Times was the first to report on the investigation.
Biden’s executive order marks a reversal of the Trump administration policy, put into effect in 2019, that barred most transgender people from serving in the military unless they do so in their biological sex.
The Obama administration, in which Biden was vice president, lifted the previous ban on transgender military service in 2016.
But in 2017, Trump tweeted he would “not accept or allow transgender individuals to serve in any capacity in the U.S. Military.”
“What I’m doing is enabling all qualified Americans to serve their country in uniform and essentially restoring the situation … where transgender personnel, if qualified in every other way, can serve their government in the United States military,” Biden said before he signed the order.