( CNN) There is a lot to dislike about President Donald Trump’s decision this morning to reinstate the ban on transgender service.

First of all, it’s an affront to the very ideals of the all-volunteer army, the force we both joined and served in for a combined 68 years. The central doctrine of that force-out is that young men and women of all regions of the spectrum of American society can choose to wear the cloth of the country in service to the commonwealth.

As long as they swear the curse to defend our ideas, meet the professional standards, complete the training and thereafter serve with honor, they have the privilege of defending our country. It’s led to a highly professional, well-led and motivated force-out that is still the world’s instance of professionalism in military service. Right now, only about 1% of the commonwealth build that selection, and transgender troops are a part of all that.