Bodybuilding: Transgender Navy Petty Officer Wins

Bodybuilding: Transgender Navy Petty Officer Wins

Bodybuilding: Transgender Navy Petty Officer Wins

For the Navy petty officer who won a bodybuilding crown Saturday night, there may be a blessing of a subtler sort. It’s that the weekend of his  International Association of Trans Bodybuilders triumph occurred after a bruising Supreme Court battle that everyone was still debating Monday morning. Most probably missed the late afternoon Drudge Report link, tucked way down mid-page.

Drudge Capture with Bodybuilding Link

Having had it’s inaugural in 2014, the contest is well attended

The competition has attracted bodybuilders from across the country and even Russia since it began in 2014, according to executive director and head judge Bucky Motter. Competitors were judged in the categories of lightweight, middleweight, heavyweight and masters, for age 60 and over, according to five disciplines: mass, definition, proportion, symmetry and stage presence.

…apparently due to a lack of other venues.

The competition, in its fifth year, is the only transgender bodybuilding competition in the world

And the winner was:

U.S Navy Petty Officer 2nd Class Wes Phills, of Brooklyn, New York, who performed his routine to Beyonce’s “Mine” featuring Drake, won the award for overall winner as well as the middleweight class.

Well done, Wes! Bodybuilding is incredibly difficult and takes tons of discipline, whoever and wherever you started out from.

But that’s all there is about him in any story I could find. And, being former active duty myself, I had some questions about him.

Is he active duty? If so, who paid for his transition therapy? If it was the taxpayer, is he getting extra testosterone to beef that musculature up?

(And just a general query about the contest itself – how do you choose a winner when everyone in the contest HAS to be juiced?)

And this is why I said at the beginning his win was lucky to have occurred when all eyes (and foaming mouths) were elsewhere. The transgender issue has slipped from the headlines, due to so many other squirrels cavorting in the Trump outrage basket. But I think this tiny line in a story might have some people saying, “WHUT?”

For starters, has the petty officer missed any deployable days/months due to his transition? There’s a basic issue of fairness at play here. Any other sailor is expected to be able to deploy to meet the needs of the Navy. If you’ve won a bodybuilding contest, one would assume the winner is in the best shape of his life. But transitioned transgenders are never in “good shape,” by the very nature of their transition. They are on life-long drug therapies to keep whatever physical form they’ve chosen in place. If the petty officer stopped taking his testosterone tomorrow, all the mastectomies, muscles and penis reconstructions in the world couldn’t keep his body from reverting to its original female form. He is a ward of the chemical state.

This deployable “fairness” concept has been a focus of Defense Secretary James Mattis from the time he took over the reins at Defense.

Mattis: Deploy-or-get-out rule is about fairness

New rules requiring members of the military to be able to deploy or get out were put in place to ensure fairness in deployment rates, Defense Secretary Jim Mattis said.

“You’re either deployable, or you need to find something else to do. I’m not going have some people deploying constantly and then other people, who seem to not pay that price, in the U.S. military,” Mattis told reporters Feb. 17 in his first comments on the issue since the new policy was formally introduced.

“If you can’t go overseas [and] carry a combat load, then obviously someone else has got to go. I want this spread fairly and expertly across the force.”

Under new rules first reported on by Military Times, military members who have been non-deployable for the past 12 months or more will be separated from the military.

Approximately 11 percent, or 235,000, of the 2.1 million personnel serving on active duty, in the reserves or National Guard are currently non-deployable, Command Sgt. Maj. John Troxell, the senior enlisted adviser to Joint Chiefs Chairman Gen. Joe Dunford, told Military Times earlier this month.

The issue is compounded when transitioning service members are thrown into the mix. Remember – transitioning is a VOLUNTARY act. You didn’t hurt your leg running from the enemy, you aren’t pregnant and available two months after giving birth, etc. You have voluntarily decided to undergo radical surgeries, and commit to a lifetime of drug therapies and counseling. A screw-up in any of which renders you undeployable after the already extensive time spent away from your unit – which means someone else is covering for your absence – while in the transition phase.

“The Obama transgender policy, which was implemented without input from Members of Congress, is ill-conceived and contrary to our goals of increasing troop readiness and investing defense dollars into addressing budget shortfalls of the past,” said Congresswoman Vicky Hartzler, a member of the House Armed Services Committee. “By recruiting and allowing transgender individuals to serve in our military we are subjecting taxpayers to high medical costs including up to $130,000 per transition surgery, lifetime hormone treatments, and additional surgeries to address the high percentage of individuals who experience complications,” added Hartzler. She noted surgeries alone could cost $1.35 billion over the next 10 years. For perspective, examples of other things the DoD could spend $1.35 billion on include 13 F-35’s, 14 Super Hornet F-18’s, 2 B-21 long-range strike bombers, 8 KC-46’s, all A-10 wing replacements or increased end strength of our troops.

“This policy is costly and a threat to our readiness. The deployability of individuals going through the sex transition process is highly problematic, requiring 210 to 238 work days where a soldier is non-deployable after surgery. This recovery time equates to 1.4 million manpower days where transgender personnel cannot deploy and fight our nation’s wars, therefore relying on an already stressed force to pick up the burden. It makes no sense to purposely recruit individuals who cannot serve. Transgendered individuals undergoing treatment are not eligible for special duties like flying status, personnel reliability program, and jobs requiring certain Security Clearances.”

“This is also an issue of fairness.  Currently we refuse entrance into our armed forces for lesser physical issues, such as flat feet, bunions, asthma, and sleep walking. I had a constituent denied entrance into the JAG program because she had a bunion, yet accession standards are set to be modified to allow transgendered individuals into a military where they will be unable to fully serve. This is a senseless and highly unfair double standard.”

So it’s fair to ask – while taking absolutely nothing from him for his achievement – if this petty officer has plenty of time in the gym, because he can’t be on a ship in the middle of the Mediterranean.

The “fairness” concept, coupled with meeting manpower needs of the military, has transgender advocates confused, and harassing DoD leadership to continue the interrupted social experimenting. For a live action taste of the conflict, here’s one encounter:

She comes out badly, no?

My questions concerning the petty officer’s bodybuilding aren’t intended to be mean-spirited, but honest, in regards to the needs of the military. Is he fufilling his end of the contract, with no stipulations or special favors?

As I said in another piece on the subject:

Of course there are the few exceptional individuals who can do it. Who aren’t the drag: like someday there will be a female who makes it through the REAL Infantry Officer’s Course (not a standards lowered one). But that doesn’t speak to the larger entity, to the collective that HAS to be maintained. And that one-off changes nothing, truthfully. It can’t. You have to carry your load most all the time. And not make anyone else’s heavier because you are needy (You also have to be prepared for unvarnished truth from your fellows if you do slack, and people want their feelings protected these days, deserved or otherwise). Don’t quote SEALs at me who are now “female” and squawk at the president, when she was a HE when all the heroics went down and would never BE a SEAL were she a “she” originally. It’s now just his opinion. He’s no moral authority as a transgender because he did none of it AS a she. Glad you were on the Bin Laden raid, dude. Did you do it in drag and on hormones? No? Then STFU.

I can wish the petty officer well, offer him congratulations on his win, and am still free to wonder who really paid the freight.

Feature Photo Credit: David Goldman / AP

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8 Comments
  • GWB says:

    So, Drudge said a “Navy officer” won? *smdh* NO! A Navy “petty officer” won. When you speak of officers with no other adjectives, you are speaking of commissioned officers, and a petty officer is nothing of the sort. They are the lower ranks of non-commissioned officers in the navy (hence “petty”, from petit, or “small”).

    the only transgender bodybuilding competition in the world
    There’s probably a reason for that……………….

    is he getting extra testosterone to beef that musculature up?
    Ummm….. not sure which direction the PO is going with that transition. One direction would sorta need less testosterone. (That’s grip tape over those nipples, it looks like.)

    Any other sailor is expected to be able to deploy to meet the needs of the Navy.
    Unless, of course, they’re pregnant. That fight has been fought, and reason lost to Political Correctness – a rematch isn’t going to turn out any differently when the referees are the same ones that threw the previous fight.
    (And maybe Mattis will throw out those old referees.)

    transitioning is a VOLUNTARY act
    So is getting pregnant, normally.

    As to fairness, we’ll continue to have issues when progs and conservatives define that word very differently.

    who really paid the freight[?]
    Yep. How much readiness do we sacrifice in order to play Progressive Play-doh People Laboratory?

  • Beege Welborn says:

    Pregnancy is a temporary condition and NOT always voluntary, GWB.

    And if you can’t get it together in the allotted recuperation time, you are forced out of the service.

    When I was pregnant with our son while an active duty Marine, I had to be waivered to stay IN and one of the conditions was a notarized custody agreement with someone not my husband. Sort of a default setting. (Times have changed to a degree.)

    And then back on full duty.

    • scott says:

      Beege,
      I guess that would depend on your definition of “Voluntary”. I’d suggest that as long as you took part in the “activity” willingly, then the pregnancy is voluntary (Obviously rape would be a different situation). While obviously, sex isn’t always undertaken with the intent of pregnancy, anyone capable of rational though understands that it is a potential result of said activity.

      As an example, my son is a bull rider. last year, he got hurt riding one week, and was unable to work for two weeks. as a result, he lost his job. He was upset about it, but I pointed out that it was his decision. He didn’t like that initially, but i further explained, it was his CHOICE to ride bulls that night, and while he did not INTEND to get hurt, he knew full well that it was a possibility, and voluntarily decided to ride..

      So i guess basically, if you decide to “ride”, the results are your responsibility..
      just my 2c

    • GWB says:

      Given the number of times I saw men pushed into a back-to-back ship deployment because a woman got pregnant just before the ship pulled out, it’s got to be more voluntary than many think.
      (That’s not an anti-woman statement, just an observation.)

      There is a difference between trans medical ‘treatment’ and pregnancy, but it doesn’t primarily lie in the “voluntary” nature of it. (Remember, there is a small percentage of these folks who are actually medically undetermined, and some sort of treatment is required to make them a male or a female.)
      (Actually, it lies in the area in which we’re not allowed to make our decisions anymore – right and wrong, according to Nature or Nature’s God.)

      And, what Scott said.
      (And, his arguments are where I often go when arguing the issue of abortion. It’s a vital point to the role of responsibility for the consequences.)

  • GWB says:

    BTW, that initial pic is disturbing. Several things just screaming “WRONG!” in it.
    Yeah, I know, that makes me “transphobic”.
    Whatever.

  • Bill Cook says:

    The picture at the beginning is one of the saddest photos I think I have ever seen. What are these people thinking?

  • Nicki says:

    That photo made me vomit in my mouth!

    I did not need to see those giblets!

    • Jim says:

      I have to agree, though I cannot decide which picture is worse: the smarmy Chelsea Manning ”It” girl/boy thing or the would be Arnold with tape stuck on its pointy bits. Please do not show either picture again.

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