Dysphoria definition from the dictionary.
Part of the deliberate effort to suppress American Nationalism during the Obama years was the neutering of the US military as a moral AND a power-projection institution. I am a military veteran (a retiree, actually), and my military service harks from the days when the military would never have even considered putting transgender people into it's uniforms. To show readers what current military WORKING leaders think, here is an NCO acquaintance of mine.
The issue is straightforward (pun intended). The mission of the military involves killing people, following orders to kill people, and making plans to kill people and destroy property. The military USED to correctly believe that such a stark departure from the usual pre-enlistment up-bringing of it's members meant that it had to reject most psychological abnormalities it found during pre-enlistment testing. It's obvious: when the military is going to make kill-on-command the prominent concept of it's training, psychological barriers to that training such as gender dysphoria can't get in the way. Those are fatal flaws in the enlistment selection process, and up until Obama became Commander-In-Chief, those fatal flaws kept people who suffered from gender dysphoria out of the military. Under Obama, those afflicted people were ENCOURAGED to enlist, and now the US military has over 15,000 of them serving in Active and Reserve components. That's 1 percent of the 1.5 million serving actively, with another .8 million or so in the Reserves. That math shows that the gender-dysphorics constitute only two-thirds of one percent of the total force, so no big deal, right?
When it's considered that large amounts of administrative time has to be dedicated to supporting these dysphorics, new rules for handling them, etc, plus their impact on the forces FAR outweigh their total numbers. By intent, the military is a homogeneous group activity. The simple reason for that is that it's far less complex to control a homogeneous force than a force with disparate mental states. In fact, homogeneity is an absolute MUST-HAVE concept for the military. Maybe disparate mental states give the society at large a better chance at mental health, maybe not, but the military has no time for such debates when the bullets are flying, hopefully our bullets toward the enemies we want to kill.
Now comes a Service Commander, the Commandant of the United States Coast Guard, telling the world that he intends to ignore his Commander-In-Chief's directive that the US military services will not use gender-dysphorics any longer. Good-bye, Admiral, have a nice retirement. I hope that this starts an Exodus of all the "Obama Generals" (and Admirals) from the services. A better, stronger US military will result.