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Transgenders And The Military: They Don’t Mix Well

The Fight Over Whether Transgenders Should be Allowed In The U.S. Military

In late July of 2017, President Trump announced that the United States Military would no longer accept Transgenders to serve on duty. Many people were outraged at this statement. It seemed that Trump was not allowing them in the U.S. military because he was being transphobic, but that was not the case. In fact, this was indeed more than not called for and had much justification.

Transgender people are a minute part of the population yet demand the rights to serve in the military. Although the fact of the matter is, most are not fit for the job.  In a report written by the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention and the Williams Institute school of law at UCLA in 2014, it cites that a whopping 46 percent of trans men and 42 percent of trans women attempted suicide.  Also the NAMI (National Alliance On Mental Illness) states that “LGBTQ individuals are almost 3 times more likely than others to experience a mental health condition such as major depression or generalized anxiety disorder” and “An estimated 20-30% of LGBTQ people abuse substances, compared to about 9% of the general population.”

These statements by themselves prove that Transgender Militants are high risk for attempting suicide and ongoing psychological issues as well as abusing drugs; this is not in the best interest of the United States Military.

As of 2017, Global Firepower also Ranks the United States Of America as having the worlds most powerful military.  And for the sake of the United States, it would be better to keep the utmost tip-top shape and Mentally stable people on the front lines rather than Transgender peoples who are more likely to not be in a stable condition and have a higher possibility to be in use of substances.

In October 2017, A Federal Judge temporarily blocked the white house transgender enlistment policy stating it was based on sheer “Disapproval of transgender people.” This is in fact not close to the case and is taking in consideration of peoples feelings over the absolute facts. Transgender peoples are a higher risk for the Military than an asset.

Even after all of this, in late December the trump administration dropped its new transgender enlistment policies due to its losses in the appeals court. As of January 1st, 2018 revised military guidelines state that a transgender person will be able to join the military if “a period of 18 months has elapsed since the date of the most recent surgery, no functional limitations or complications persist, and no additional surgeries are required.”

As of right now the revised policy does make sure these Transgender people are stable in some physical aspects and will not have to needed surgeries to be paid off for and/ or need leave time for rest after surgery.  But the fact of the matter is this does not take away from the high possibility risk of attempted suicide, ongoing psychological issues, and other depleting aspects such as self-harm and substance abuse that goes along with these matters.

At the end of the day, this Military policy admitting transgenders in may stay for now, but there will most likely be many more challenges to and obstacles in the upcoming future.  Transgender people should not be able to serve in the United States Military because of the physical, mental, and other aspects underlying them. Not because it is trans phobic. It is facts over feelings.

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