We had many indications during the 2016 campaign that a Donald Trump presidency would be bad for civil-military relations.
Earlier this week, I wrote in Slate about how America’s military leaders have seemingly improvised a new norm of civil-military relations in response to President Donald Trump. The latest proving ground for this norm is the debate over how to treat transgender recruits and servicemembers as the Trump administration battles in the courts to uphold Trump’s order banning such individuals from the service. Under this new norm:
More than 2.5 million service members have served in Iraq or Afghanistan over the past 12 years of war. A number of terrific memoirs and histories have been written about their efforts in war.