Should Transgender Individuals be allowedto Serve in the US Military? Inthis essay I will discuss whether or not Transgender Individuals should beallowed to serve in the US military. I will look at the arguments for andagainst transgenderism in the military and I will also give my opinion on this.InJuly 2017 Donald Trump banned Transgender Individuals from serving in the USmilitary through a number of tweets; “After consultation with my Generals and military experts, please be advisedthat the United States Government will not accept or allow Transgenderindividuals to serve in any capacity in the U.S. Military”. This has reversed the Obama policy in 2016 where Transgender members could nolonger be forced to leave the military and could serve openly. Furthermore, TheIndependent tells us ‘A federal judge in Washington DC has blocked DonaldTrump’s attempt to prohibit transgender Americans from serving in the military’.
The University ofCalifornia, Las Vegas study estimated that in 2014 there were approximately5500 transgender members that were enlisted on active duty.One keyargument for allowing transgender individuals to serve in the US Military is thatmany American citizens are adamant that transgender people should be treatedwith equality. Disregarding transgender members from the Military proves thatAmerica is failing to treat every individual equally. According to a NationalPoll report by Quinnipiac, 60% of US voters agree with allowing transgendermembers in the military. The assistant director of the Quinnipiac poll had saidin a statement along with releasing the survey results “Voters say a soldier isa soldier, no matter what his/her gender is.
” In addition to this, there has been a significant amount ofevidence supporting the fact that transgender individuals have a proven recordof being able to serve effectively in the military. Transgender service hasbeen going on since the 1980s but has only come to light in recent times. TheCentre for Strategic & International Studies mentions ‘There are an estimated 150,000 transgender Americans who have served inthe U.
S. armed forces, with approximately15,000 serving today across all kinds of units’. Theoverseas military services also openly allow the Transgender community to servein the military.
There is very little evidence to support any outcomes statingthat creating an area in the military for a more diverse group of individuals,including the Transgender community will have any sort of impact on unitcohesion. This is heavily highlighted in RAND Corporation’s website articletitled ‘assessing the implications of allowing transgender personnel to serve openly’ “Commanders noted that policies hadbenefits for all for all service members by creating a more inclusive anddiverse force” One key argument against allowingTransgender Individuals in the US MilitaryIs the cost of its specifictransgender medical care. It is argued that that transgender medical costs are ‘Tremendous’and is considered a “burden” to the US military. President of America, DonaldTrump tweeted “Our military must be focused on decision and overwhelming victoryand cannot be burdened with the tremendous medical costs and disruption thattransgender in the military would entail.” According to Lexa Michaelides on quorait is estimated that the transgender medical cost in the military is 8.
4million dollars per year. Out of an estimated defence department expense of 50billion dollars. Likewise another dispute againstallowing transgenders in the US military is that they may not be “fit enough”to serve in the military. This is as soldiers who have transitioned, regularlyrequire medical appointments regarding their hormone treatment. Therefore thiscan lead to an issue for the military as the military requires all of theirmembers to be combat-ready at all times. According to the Daily signal somebodythat has transitioned tends to not be deployable for the military.
Similarlyanother weakness that transgenders may have that can be unsteady for themilitary is that they mentally may not be strong enough to undergo extremestress by the military. Such as remaining fully flexible at all times. According to Heritage.
org studies showed that”Transgender Individuals attempt suicide and experience physiological distressat rates many times the US national average.” Another key argument forallowing transgenders to serve in the military comes from looking atoverseas military services that openly allow the Transgender community to servein the military. There is very little evidence to support any outcomes statingthat creating an area in the military for a more diverse group of individuals,including the Transgender community will have any sort of impact on unitcohesion, any effect on adapting to operational duties and readiness.
In conclusion it would beirresponsible to construct the opinion of not allowing transgender individualsthe privilege of providing service to their country. There is not enoughevidence or studies put forward to support the argument that the US militarywill be at a disadvantage for recruiting members of the Transgender community.However as I have highlighted in this article , there is very believablereasoning given in support of openly accepting the transgender community to beable to perform in the military just as well as any other member of the USpublic. Ultimately my opinion in this matter is simple. If the person iscapable, fit and healthy then there should be no reason for them not to be ableto serve in the military.