Trump Score Card
Just months before Donald Trump was sworn in as President the US military morale was reportedly at 'rock bottom' as 52% of soldiers across all branches were "pessimistic about their future in the military,". In addition the military had significantly decreased. The Army’s manpower went down 10% under President Obama. The naval capabilities aging, the Air Force fielded the smallest and oldest force of combat aircraft in its history. The Marines was running only about two-thirds the number of battalions they had historically. So what has President Trump done so far to change this as he promised?
1/27/17: President Trump signed executive order titled "The rebuilding of the United States Armed Forces". One will "begin a great rebuilding of the armed services," while the other covered entry of foreigners into the US. "To ensure the sacrifices of our military are supported by the actions of our government," Trump said. The executive action called for new planes, ships and tools for the military. "As we prepare our budget request for Congress... our military strength will be questioned by no one, but neither will our dedication to peace, we do want peace," Trump said. We give President Trump a B here. Astonishingly, for the first time since World War II there are no American aircraft carriers deployed at sea anywhere else in the world. And the army has the fewest active-duty soldiers since 1940, despite a host of worldwide threats facing the United States. That is a scary thought. However with new technology focusing more on drones, does America need to build up it's military as much as it was in the past?
7/26/17: Trump, with the advice from Generals and military experts, announced that he would reinstate the US military ban on transgender people. He announced on Twitter "After consultation with my Generals and military experts, please be advised that the United States Government will not accept or allow Transgender individuals to serve in any capacity in the U.S. Military. Our military must be focused on decisive and overwhelming victory and cannot be burdened with the tremendous medical costs and disruption that transgender in the military would entail." We agree with this decision. Why? We believe the military is in the business to win wars. Not to be mired in bathroom usage confusion, acting as a gender clinic and social experiement, paying for sex change surgeries, and military members not being prepared for depolyment (due to long sex change procedures). We believe the best solution came under Bill Clinton when the military used the "Don't Ask, Don't Tell" policy.
8/17/17: President Donald Trump signed into law an updated veterans' education bill that marks the largest expansion of college assistance for military veterans in a decade.