The former commander of the US Army Special Operations Command and a veteran of America’s most elite military unit is questioning the military’s integration of transgender troops, claiming the “social experiment” is not helping the nation stay on top of their rivals.

In an October 5th interview with Tony Perkins on Washington Watch, former Delta operator and USASOC commander Lieutenant General (Ret.) William “Jerry” Boykin said that the newly released handbook designed to train the military on how to integrate transgender people into the services serves little purpose when it comes to winning wars.

“Again it comes back to what is the purpose of the military? What’s their mission? It’s to fight and win wars,” said Boykin.

The aging general -who made headlines earlier in the year after his prayer breakfast was rescheduled at Fort Riley, Kansas- expressed his disdain towards the current administration’s policies surrounding multi-gender integration.

“This administration has had a devastating impact on our military readiness,” he said. “And what the Congress should be doing and the president should be doing now in every decision that’s made regarding the military, is the first question should be how does this enhance readiness? The ability to fight and win the nation’s wars.”

Boykin feels the free hours of a servicemembers’ day would be better spent training for combat and keeping readiness at an all-time high.

“Every one of these social engineering things comes with a training package,” he went on to say. “You need to understand that you’re going to force every man and woman in uniform to sit in a classroom and go through hours and hours of classes every time you throw in a new social experiment.”

According to cnsnews, the retired general then pointed out that the blocks of instruction would be a continuous affair.

“And it’s not a one-time thing,” he said. “It may be monthly, it may be quarterly, it may be semi-annually but you’re going to spend an awful lot of time that could be used on the code of conduct on preparing for war, you’re going to spend a lot of your training time which is very valuable, doing the programs that come with these social experiments.”

Boykin spent 36 years in the US military, with 13 of those years in Delta Force. During his career, he was involved in the 1980 Iran hostage rescue attempt, the hunt for Pablo Escobar and Operation Gothic Serpent in Somalia.

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