President Trump reversed a directive that was initiated by Obama (but not finalized) allowing transgenders in the military today.
“After consultation with my Generals and military experts, please be advised that the United States Government will not accept or allow……Transgender individuals to serve in any capacity in the U.S. Military. Our military must be focused on decisive and overwhelming…..victory and cannot be burdened with the tremendous medical costs and disruption that transgender in the military would entail. Thank you,”
The reversal not only affects the role of transgender within the military and its operations but also the costs associated with transgender electing to come into the military and then proceeding with the numerous operations, paid by the military (the tax payer) rather than paying for the operations prior to coming into the military. A recent study stated that the cost to the DOD would be minimal (2.4 million) when in reality the study stated that the costs would more likely be $8,4 million annually to sync transgender into the military and also stated that there would be no disruption within the military allowing transgender to serve. The Dept of Defense said it will release directives on the fate of transgender already serving in the military.
According to a RAND research study released in 2016, there were estimated to be 1,320 to 6,630 active transgender service members before the ban was lifted last year, and another approximately 1,500 on reserve.
Look, it was total taboo for any active military member to disagree with and voice their opinion about transgender serving when these “studies” were done and also, no military members were included or allowed to participate in that study. So, who said it wouldn’t cause a conflict? Those that aren’t currently serving.
The study also concluded that the DOD should at a minimum:
- DoD should develop and enforce a clear anti-harassment policy that addresses harassment aimed at transgender personnel alongside other targets of harassment.
- DoD should make subject-matter experts and gender advisers serving within military units available to commanders seeking guidance or advice on gender transition–related issues.
If you are having to implement these types of “guidelines” it should be a warning flag that bad things are to come if implemented and you know they are coming so you put these guidelines outthere.
Despite the actual costs $2.4 mil that is now, not in three, five, ten years) when more transgender were allowed into the military for their medical benefits etc. it would defiantly rise even higher than the $8.4 million per the study annually. Additionally, one may say this was a political move by Trump to gain political leverage for the states that are against LGBT in the military. What are your thoughts?
Time for a C-Gar