It hasn’t been the easiest of decades for the U.S. military. Eight years of living on a shoestring budget with a commander-in-chief who cared more about promoting the letters LGBT than preventing W-A-R took its toll. Now, 14 months into the gutsy leadership of President Trump, things are finally starting to change. And on Friday, Americans saw how much.
For our troops, the weekend started off with a bang. They cheered the news that Trump had followed through on his promise to start rebuilding the military — first, with a $61 billion bump in funding, and then, with a rejection of the political correctness that upended the military under Barack Obama. In the roller coaster months since President Trump’s first transgender announcement, no one was quite sure how the White House’s formal policy would take shape. To most people’s relief, the Pentagon’s final memo did what the commander-in-chief promised: put readiness first.