Defence’s ‘genderless’ officer cadet…

I’m sorry to report this. I really am.

If you hoped a vote for ‘marriage equality’ would make the LGBT crowd happy and that they’d simply disappear into the nearest wedding reception centre for an endless party, then think again.

Already the battle lines for next ‘progressive’ social crusade are being drawn.

And that means even if homosexual marriage is legalised, you should not get your hopes up for some peace in the anti-culture wars.

The next conflict will be the gender wars. And the Australian Defence Force has already entered them with all rainbow glitter-guns blazing.

The Australian Defence Force Academy (ADFA) now boasts its first ‘genderless’ cadet.

Genderless cadet facebook

The ‘genderless’ officer cadet’s Facebook page is currently promoting a petition to allow edits to be made to ‘genders’ on birth certificates at any time. SOURCE: Facebook.

This follows news that ADFA has also established an official ‘LGBTI community’ and released an LGBTI guide for instructors last ‘Wear it Purple’ Day – see Facebook posts embedded below:

Defence has also helpfully issued a policy guide for transgender school cadets, although it has also just as helpfully decided not to release that to the public either. No one wants the Upset Mothers’ Brigade that is dismantling the Safe Schools program to turn its sights on the nation’s military.

I know who would win (apologies to all the soldiers out there trying to do their jobs in the midst of this insanity).

The ‘genderless’ officer cadet is biologically female and in her second year of training. She wishes to be recognised as neither a man nor a woman.

Instructional staff that I have spoken directly with have stated that they have concerns about providing the cadet feedback for fear of being hit with anti-discrimination complaints. Staff are correcting themselves, rather than the cadet, in order to avoid offence. For obvious reasons, no one is prepared to put their name to these concerns.

It would be a career-ending move.

This situation simply boggles the mind.

Instructional staff also have been ordered not to use the pronoun ‘she’ when referencing the officer cadet.

Nor are they able to use the pronoun ‘he’.

For the time being, instructors are to address the officer cadet as ‘Officer Cadet [Last Name]’. Or, in a more personable manner, they can refer to her simply as ‘The Cadet’.

It should not need pointing out that this situation is entirely farcical.

The top brass might have wrapped itself up in knots over pronouns. But the Diggers will have words for this situation. And all of them are perfectly understandable and fit for purpose, even if they are not fit for these pages.

And while everyone is stumbling around the pronouns, Defence is busy re-writing policy.

Lots of policy.

There are standards for females relating to fitness, dress and bearing.

There are standards for males as well. Even though Defence is ‘non-discriminatory’, males are still required to meet higher physical requirements.

But there are no policy standards anywhere for ‘genderless’ Defence personnel. Some boffin buried deep in a bunker at Russell Offices in Canberra is busy writing new policies that will enlighten us all as to how many push ups a ‘genderless’ soldier is required to do.

And what ‘new’ pronoun the physical training instructors can use when yelling at them to go faster (except that yelling is probably now out as well).

I’m guessing that ‘Ze’ won’t be it. No one wants an army where soldiers dress up in weird uniforms and then go about sounding like they’re imitating the SS.

But then again, I could be wrong. Stranger things have happened.

I first mentioned this circus three days ago on my Facebook page.

Since then, I’m aware that Defence has already launched an inquiry into how this weird story has made its way out of ADFA.

Cadets are ducking for cover. And so are parents. No doubt, the solution will be a ban on 17 year old trainees talking to their mothers about the LGBT induction sessions that are held in the cadets’ mess.

No one wants to lose their job. But, somehow in the midst of this ‘debate-about-how-changing-the-law-on-marriage-won’t-result-in-lost-freedoms’, no one quite feels comfortable that they’ll be able to keep it either.

To be perfectly honest, this story is so bizarre that I’m actually quite surprised it’s somehow managed to be kept under wraps for almost two years.

But it’s out now and so it should be.

The most powerful military in the world has just made a decision that transgender persons are unfit for military service.

The US came to that conclusion after some soul searching. While it was all going on, generals were briefed about how they should deal with ‘male’ soldiers who were ‘pregnant’ because they ‘forgot’ to take their hormones.

Pregnant male soldier

US Army briefing notes on ‘pregnant’ ‘male’ ‘soldiers’.

That problem is not a war stopper. The enemy will just keep rolling on, even during labour pains. But it is not a war winner either.

Hence why gestational males can no longer go to war for the United States.

Actually, according to US Army briefing notes there was not a lot of that going on anyway.

Almost every problem caused by transgender soldiers (such as a non-biological female taking up a posting for a job that required an actual female to search other actual females) resulted in the commander being given the ability to simply not deploy the transgender soldier anyway.

On average, every transgender soldier spent almost 7 months ‘transitioning’ and on leave – all funded by the taxpayer. Even after the process, one transgender soldier reported being hospitalised for swollen ankles as a result of an estrogen overdose.

Unfortunately, while the US military is getting back to its core business, the Australian Defence Force is focused on non-discriminatory ablutions, policies and pronouns. Diggers who might have been hoping for generals that would protect their lives on the battlefield are now taking cover from friendly fire.

It’s one thing to put your body on the line for the nation. It’s another thing entirely to find yourself in a job where wrongly-gendered language is likely to make your life more difficult than a stray round or a roadside bomb.

And there’s something else that needs to be mentioned as well.

Transgender persons are 20 times more likely to attempt suicide than others. They are 10 times more likely to suffer from serious depression. A staggering 80% of young transgender persons have self-harmed.

This is not a joking matter. These statistics are deadly serious. And it is morally wrong to put someone who is far more likely to suffer from suicidal thoughts than others in charge of Australian soldiers.

This practice will lower morale, not only of Defence personnel, but of their families as well.

It is difficult enough for a wife to farewell her husband to a war-zone. It is far more difficult if she knows that her husband will be placed under the command of someone who statistically is likely to be suffering from suicidal thoughts far more than others.

Those who suffer from gender dysphoria face an immense personal crisis. They need help and support so that they can accept biological reality.

However, those who pretend there is no problem are responsible for the lunacy currently gripping the Australian Defence Force. They don’t need help at all. They need to be removed from command…

Author: Bernard Gaynor

Bernard Gaynor is a married father of nine children. He has a background in military intelligence, Arabic language and culture and is an outspoken advocate of conservative and family values.

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  1. Genderless soldiers are probably the transition into transhumans, droids and cyborgs – like General Grievous in Star Wars.
    Star Wars Episode III Obi Wan vs General Grievous.

    We never do get to find out how Grievous became a cyborg which was given the pronoun ‘he’ in the movie. I am sure digitally re-mastered versions will correct that due to genderless and transhuman demands.

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  2. in my time as a soldier I have seen the army go from one of the most competent and lethal forces in the world to pretty much the laughing stock and believe me, our enemies are laughing really hard. ADF leadership have embraced every irrational and stupid agenda out there and replaced common sense, meritocracy and warriors with quotas, reduced standards and political correctness to save offence to minorities – who can’t or won’t fight anyway. as the heavy lifters of the ADF soldiers are deeply offended that leadership continues to sell them out and haven’t got the guts to stand up to this madness. as another commentator stated in this forum GOD HELP US.

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  3. The Australian Army is killing itself!

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  4. Why has this thing decided to join the Defence Force? You bet its there to stir the pot and I see many court cases coming for Defence because this is what “it” is seeking, notoriety, that’s all. This thing will have its ears open picking up tiny nuances to report to its superior to seek damages. What uniform is “it” going to wear on official parades? Trousers with a short skirt over the top? Defence, you have forgotten what you’re there for, not political correctness or physiological help for misfits.

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  5. The use of the pronouns she or he will not only have to be applied to this cadet, but to all personnel as the alternative type of soldier will have no idea what the person being spoken to is. Perhaps Defence should issue a new uniform with rainbow coloured puggarees or shoulder flashes.
    The generals who are promoting this should be charged with “conduct prejudicial to good order and military discipline.” because this will be the inevitable result of this misguided politically incorrect policy. But then maybe General Hurley is wanting to keep on the good side of his masters in order to be candidate for Governor or Governor-General when he retires.

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  6. The new pronounce required is “s/h/it”.

    But seriously, I have an uncle who was born as an intersex child, meaning lacking the full complement of organs of EITHER sex. Raised as a girl, as an adult chose to live as a man Successfully, too, and is a millionaire in USA, with manufacturing businesses in USA and hong Kong. But that doesn’t mean he would make a good soldier. Anything that gets in the way of that aim should be avoided, rather than pussyfooting around with political correctness.

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  7. I find this thread fascinating; it seems to be the same the world over, (well, at least in “Western” countries. I served for 43 years in the Royal Navy and now things are going the same way here in the UK. People don’t seem to realise that these ideas and events are pushed on us bey MINORITIES! They push their agenda as basic human rights to claim the moral high ground, but this is undemocratic. In a democracy, the MAJORITY voice is given precedence! This sort of political correctness is forced upon us all by politicians who are eager to show their peer-group how tolerant and liberal they are, without regard to the majority voice. If we all stand up to this moral blackmail and denounce it for the farce it is, it will not gain headway!

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  8. The following sentances are in the article above.

    “The ‘genderless’ officer cadet is biologically female and in her second year of training. She wishes to be recognised as neither a man nor a woman”

    Him/she/it…… gets a choice about what they want. What about the majority in the country who do not want this same sex liberation? We have not had a choice. It is being pushed on us like nothing alse before!

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  9. We are have one of the most pathetic millitarys in the world, it now seems more in line with Ripleys believe it or not. I served 24 years in Navy and RAAF and I would now be ashamed to be serving in such a Fu#$ed up defence force. GOD HELP US ALL!

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  10. I got out 2 years ago after 21 years. I still miss aspects of military life but this takes the cake. There is no way I’d be able to put up with this if that ‘soldier’ came into my unit. Being mid 50s I am set in my ways but this is bulls*** and I feel sorry for ‘real’ men and women in the ADF that will have to ‘accommodate’ this leftist crap.

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  11. Diabetics, asthmatics, and many others suffering from chronic medical conditions were deemed permanently medically unfit for service. This was mainly because of inability to ensure there medical wellbeing, they would not stand up to the physical requirements of service. As a medical supervisor in recruiting for over three years i dealt with many disapointed applicants. These were vaid reasons to reject applicants, and if a transgender or non gender applicant falls into that spectrum those conditions should apply. But if they pass the psychological, medical and aptitude testing who are you to reject them. Adapt improvise and overcome the difficulties that change brings to large organisations. Use evidence not emotion or inertia to make decisions on eligability for service. Time gone by i would have been on your side of the debate, but having worked in the corrections industry with persons of this type and finding that i have no trouble entering in to volatile situations with them having confidence they had my back. Courage and leadership can be found in all type of people. Give them a chance to succeed.

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  12. We need a state of emergency! This has gone way beyond a joke and it’s outright dangerous

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  13. Ridiculous it makes a mockery of everything our defence forces stand for… I feel sorry for the other defence personnel. It is a mental illness and should be recognised as such. Not pampered and given in to their insecurities at the risk of other defence personnel lives. What a joke ADF… This will not work and it will make our defence force look like a joke!!!?

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  14. This sort of PC garbage could, and probably will put lives at serious, unnecessary extra risk in wartime, or counter-insurgency operations.
    Not just transsexuals and women, but their colleagues.

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  15. Remember all you ‘Yes” voters, you asked for this. No you didn’t you say!! Well, in a way you did. What you fail to understand this really is just not about two people who love each other getting married. If it was that simple I would probably be in the Yes camp. Look at the bigger picture, which the Yes radicals don’t want you to see. Please do your research before you vote. You are then entitled to your opinion (and vote) as much as the next person.
    This defence force situation can be overcome. Legislature by a sensible government to discriminate against certain applicants CAN be approved. It’s happens now in government jobs where, for example, you need to be or Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander to apply. God we need a more common sense approach in the Country!!!

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  16. And what is the appropriate pronoun for ADFA’s genderless officer cadet, I wonder.

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  17. An elegible ,fit, enthusiastic, intelligent,healthy and sane male has been denied a place at ADFA in order to accommodate this person. I despair!

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  18. It’s a mental illness. Discharge her as being mentally incompetent for the role she is being trained for. We need a new ADF hierarchy both serving and bureaucrats.

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  19. Bernard, My husband Mike was conscripted into the army in April 1966, 4th intake, and served his year in Vietnam as a forward scout and sniper. all the mates who came home are really solid men.

    Mike says the army actively rooted out unsuitables even during conscription, so why are they preferring them now, if not to subvert the structure.?

    The man in high heels gives me the shivers.

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  20. Henceforth it will be known by its new acronym LGBTIADF not the ADF.

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  21. Bernard, here is another quandary for the SSM debate in the ADF, more so with this becoming so called gender specific times we now live in…..
    So,…..if this neutral or non-gender is now in force, or will be in the not too distant future in defence, then what the hell will the soldiers do when they have to salute an officer. In the past it was easy, you can see that they are a female or male as they approach and you respond with the appropriate ‘Good morning, Ma’am/Sir’ as you salute them when passing.
    So, what will happen then if you don’t really know what gender they recognise themselves as on file. Will they have to all become ‘Boss’ as their title when you salute in future…….as you can’t just assume then anymore that they are a ‘male’ or ‘female’ because they look that way…………Thoughts??? besides the fact that this is all so bloody crazy anyways…….

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  22. Only one question – Is this for real?

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  23. There already exists a military term for this type of Officer Cadet. WOFTAM.

    I fear for the life of these type of future Officers in an active Zone, as the Diggers are forced to take corrective action.

    They will inevitably be fragged!

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    • It happened in my husband’s time in Vietnam, especially by our Maori cousins. I still wonder how Morrison escaped, except he got to the top without seeing active service.

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  24. I suppose now transgender applicants will get priority of entry over those others, he and shes. This is like a bad dream. I’m sorry for our Real soldiers.

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    • Probably, but there is a cross to bear if your going man to woman you’ll get in. If your going woman to man you won’t. The army’s identified there are to many men not enough women. Let’s see them sort that out

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  25. I hear thru grapevine Inmans are at Garden Island HMAS KUTTABUL NSW

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  26. To think that my oldest son, at the age of 18, was refused entry to the Army Reserves (with plans and dreams to join the regular Army later on) because he was honest enough to share that he been prescribed a depression drug for lethargy during an illness a couple of years prior. He scored so well in ALL the tests that he was recommended for Officer training also!

    Now to read this and see exactly who they are letting in to the DF, with all the associated problems including DEPRESSION (for real too I might add) and extra costs, makes me so jolly angry! Matt would have made a fine soldier, unlike these sort of people.

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  27. The hate canard is a weapon that is being successfully used against the founding and heritage population of the Australian state (read White Australians)by its enemies across the social spectrum.

    So it remains to be seen how many Australian cadets at ADFA will be taken out by the hate canard through inappropriate gender designation of the new ‘genderless cadet’ who has been infiltrated into their ranks for all the purposes their military textbooks would suggest are the objectives of infiltration as a strategy of war.

    If Australia’s young officer cadets were to analyse ADFA in terms of Sun Tzu’s discussion of the nine situations: that is ‘ground’, it would be very interesting to hear their analyses. I guarantee that ADFA itself will not be covered in the curriculum of studies for this type of analysis.

    But it, in terms of the Political, it is a base that the enemies of the Australian state as a Westminster system of government are going to have to capture.
    Yuri Bezmenov (former KGB) Psychological Warfare Subversion and the Control of Western Society

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      • We will have two outcomes. These folks will either get a free ride through ADFA because instructors will be too scared to fail them or when someone does pluck up the courage to rate them fairly they will be dragged off to the anti-discrimination court charged with a hate crime. Every time we get the latter we will guarantee more instances of the former. So we will have good instructors with destroyed careers and inept officer cadets graduating and putting other people’s lives at risk on the battlefield.

        A beautifully engineered loose – loose situation. However, on the bright side, some senior defence officials can puff out their chests and show how inclusive and tolerant they are. That’s more important than actual defence capabiltiy I guess.

  28. “The top brass might have wrapped itself up in knots over pronouns. But the Diggers will have words for this situation. And all of them are perfectly understandable and fit for purpose, even if they are not fit for these pages.” How true these words ring. I recall someone telling me about a briefing on LGBT and prior to it they were all standing around wondering why they needed to know about Laser Guided Bomb Targets.
    The Australian military brass is out of control and knowing an AVM (first name basis) you are correct to say they will not speak out for that very reason.

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  29. After serving in the RAAF for 23 years, I watched members medically discharged on the grounds that ADF could not guarantee the supply of meds in a battle field situation (i.e. asthma, diabetes).
    Yet now the ADF is happy to not only pay for & support something that both evolutionists & Creation believers find absolutely un-natural.
    Now that is Disrimination!!

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    • How the hell did they pass the Phycoligcal Test to start with also the situation is ITS just waiting for someone to say one thing wrong then its off to court and Sue Sue Sue

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      • G’day Russell. It’s “Psychological”. Literacy, as well as gender identity, is relevant to the ADF.

      • @Andrew – pointing out a spelling error is not an argument. You clearly knew what Russell meant so why didn’t you simply answer his question? Could it be that it’s easier to virtue signal than offer something worthwhile to the discussion?

        I’d love to hear a proper answer to Russell’s question.

  30. Just ridiculous! Wasting taxpayers money just because some minority group who are smart and get elected to positions in Government and councils and organisations and this is what they come up with?
    Quite selfish really – it is all about themselves, how they can get recognised and forcing others to do so by legal means and bullying the public who have difference of opinion! Also, teaching our kids all these nonsense simply because they chose their way of life, we did not force them to accept our way of life BUT they are forcing us and our kids to accept their way of living!!! Just where did they come from- were they born from LGBT ? They have no respect for their parents whom have let them have their way!!!!

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    • Will anyone call transgenderism what it is? Mental illness. Transgender rights should mean the right to psychiatric and psychological counselling to become happy with the sex they were born with, not all this transitioning nonsense. You cannot change your sex!

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    • We had to pass a psyche evaluation to enlist. Is this no longer the case? A civilianized military does not work. I knew what to expect when I joined and changed to suit the military lifestyle. Now the military is changing to suit political correctness. This will lead to low morale and dissention amongst the ranks. The top brass need a kick up the cobblers for the mess they have made of the ADF.

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