Allow Transgender Individuals in the Military
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On July 26, 2017, President Donald J. Trump announced his plan to reinstate a ban on transgender individuals "in any capacity" from serving in the US Armed Forces.
He stated in his recent tweet:
"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."
White House press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders commented that transgender service "erodes military readiness and unit cohesion" citing health costs. However, a 2016 Rand Corp. study commissioned by the Defense Department concluded that letting transgender people serve openly would have a "minimal impact" on readiness and health care costs, amounting to 0.004-0.017% of the Defense Department's total health care spending.
"Let us be clear. This has been studied extensively, and the consensus is clear: There are no cost or military readiness drawbacks associated with allowing trans people to fight for their country. The President is trying to score cheap political points on the backs of military personnel who have put their lives on the line for their country," said Joshua Block, the senior staff attorney with the ACLU's LGBT & HIV Project.
"Anyone who is willing to put on the uniform of the United States and risk their life in service to our country should be celebrated as patriots, regardless of their gender identity. This short-sighted and discriminatory policy will make America less safe," said Representative Dan Kildee, D-Michigan.
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