Transgenders and the military – Opinion

Your extremely important struggle to be your whole self will have to take a back seat to make sure your duties are 110% covered, because lives are at risk if you are not completely present.

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Talk about a fashion statement: Transgender veteran, Carla Lewis, with a shirt that reads “Transgender Veteran: I Fought For Your Right To Hate Me.”

Trump alienates entire LGBT community with ONE 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,” Trump tweeted.

“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”–

(President Trump’s announcement on Twitter did not say what would happen to transgender people already in the military.)

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One of my very first blogs was to the LGBT community about how they should not be worried that President Trump would not take rights away from them. I’m sorry to say that in this case, I was wrong.

However, for this particular case, I should have seen it coming. We all should have, and heaven forbid, I might actually agree with it, in part, but not because I believe in taking rights away from anyone, but because I believe we should all be treated equally and no one deserves special treatment. Before you get angry with me and close this window, please let me explain myself.

Yes, of course we should all have equal rights, but during a transition or pre-transition a transgender person, just like anyone else with emotional strains that rely on medical treatment, probably should not serve. (With maybe some exceptions, as to every rule.) Compared to anyone else with mental and emotional issues, those people aren’t aloud to serve either.

I don’t think being transgender means being crazy, and I’m not comfortable with those that may imply such a thing. However, it comes with emotional baggage that may or may not get better with a transition surgery. Transgenders may experience a number of emotional burdens such as but not limited to: depression, anxiety, and restlessness. (Gender Dysphoria) All are mental/emotional problems that would hinder any other person from being able to serve.

I feel for my transgender friends, but I can’t help but agree that the military is not a free ride to get your transition surgery done. That is not taxpayers responsibility. That’s all you and your decision. It’s not life threatening, although it may feel that way to you and I’m sure most of us can’t even imagine your struggle. I wish that all transgenders could have what you need to be happy without the extensive financial burden, but making taxpayers pay for it, is not the answer, nor is it fair.  

Serving in the military will also require you to be extremely focused, despite all the changes, difficulty and turmoil you may be feeling inside, because many people are counting on you and trusting you with their lives. Your extremely important struggle to be your whole self will have to take a back seat to make sure your duties are 110% covered, because lives are at risk if you are not completely present. That means no hormone episodes, no family support system around you, and when in combat no guarantee that you will have your proper hormone medications.

Pre-transition: I have witnessed a dear friend of mine’s confusion, depression, anxiety, mood swings, and self consciousness. All of these burdens seem to me, to be too distracting and painful to serve in full capacity in the military. I can’t imagine how much harder it would be on her to go through such drastic changes to her body with that added responsibility and stress.

During transition, they are very mentally and emotionally strained; being in the military is mentally straining enough. Although, I do feel for those who want to serve but are burdened with their own gender issues. Knowing people that have dealt with the confusion, stress, depression and ridiculing that comes with being transgender; I am sympathetic and empathetic to what they go through and the journey they must take to become who they feel they are on the inside. The military doesn’t seem to me like a good place to have to go through any of that. As someone that has been through depression, anxiety and bullying myself, I can not imagine being responsible for other people’s lives during those times, even though I obviously would have the best intentions in mind.

 

Some of the valid questions raised about Transgenders in the Military

Comment I read by a Marine:

“Can a Transgender get necessary hormones down range in a combat zone? – No.

Can a Transgender suffer hormonal imbalance causing questionable emotions during a firefight? – Yes.

Are you willing to stand next to a withdrawing Transgender in a battle and just hope they are in the right state of mind despite having been hunkered in a field in Kandahar for 2 weeks without supplies much less medical hormones and just trust that state of mind with your life?

Nope.

It’s not a matter of acceptance, it’s just the supply a medic carries is not adequate to keep up with that type of demand and the military can’t even provide adequate barracks STATESIDE in many posts so they can’t afford the medical necessities a Transgender would require.”

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He raises some valid issues, you can not deny. As I said before, I believe we all deserve equal rights, however if I have mental, and/or emotional issues, the Military will not accept me. You can not deny that making a transition causes mental and emotional strain. So why should a transgender’s depression or anxiety be overlooked, and someone else’s not? That is special treatment.

However, (and this is the part that I may not necessarily agree with the President on,) once the individual has completed their transition; after they have become who they want to be; have any medical hormonal therapy needs adequately addressed, (I know from experience of being a woman post hysterectomy, hormones can be wicked evil things when not taken properly;) as well as emotional issues ironed out in order to maintain emotional and mental stability; as long as they are physically and mentally able; and as long as the person passes all the required tests just as every other soldier, I do not see the problem with said transgender serving in the military.

Maybe from that point it should be dealt with on a case by case basis, because every individual is always different and blanket rules are hardly ever a one fits all.

Although with all that said, we should wait and see how this new development is implemented, because one thing I’ve noticed with President Trump,…… he always expresses the most harsh stance on an issue and then later he lessens up as if he’s making a compromise.

I’m not sure if he does that on purpose to show that he WILL compromise, or if it’s just a habit, because of his style of parenting, after being a father of several children.

I do think it shows that he can be reasonable when presented with the right information to change his opinion.
Update: 8-1-17

Another Comment by a Service Member:

Nobody has a “right” to serve in the Military. Nobody.

What makes people think the Military is an equal opportunity employer? Very far from it.

The Military uses prejudice regularly and consistently to deny citizens from joining for being too old or too young, too fat or too skinny, too tall or too short.

Citizens are denied for having flat feet, or for missing or additional fingers. Poor eyesight will disqualify you, as well as bad teeth. Malnourished? Drug addiction? Bad back? Criminal history? Low IQ? Anxiety? Phobias? Hearing damage? Six arms? Hear voices in your head? Self-identify as a Unicorn? Need a special access ramp for your wheelchair? Can’t run the requred course in the required time? Can’t do the required number of pushups?

Not really a “morning person” and refuse to get out of bed before noon?

All can be reasons for denial.

The Military has one job. War. Anything else is a distraction and a liability.

Did someone just scream “That isn’t Fair”? War is VERY unfair, there are no exceptions made for being special or challenged or socially wonderful.

YOU change yourself to meet Military standards. Not the other way around.

I say again: You don’t change the Military… you must change yourself.

The Military doesn’t need to accommodate anyone with special issues.

The Military needs to Win Wars.

If any of your personal issues are a liability that detract from readiness or lethality…

Thank you for applying and good luck in future endeavors.

Who’s next in line?

Former Transgender Person Writes Brutally Honest Letter Agreeing With Trump’s Military Ban

Adding to viewpoints in the fray is a piece by Walt Heyer, an author who seeks to “raise public awareness about those who regret gender change” and runs a website SexChangeRegret.com. His commentary in the Daily Signal is certainly provocative.

On Agreement with Donald Trump’s Ban

I think he made the right decision—and as someone who lived as trans-female for several years, I should know.

On the U.S. Military Paying for Gender Transition Surgeries

Paying for transition-related surgeries for military service members and their families is beyond comprehensible.

On Political Correctness’s Place in the Military

Perhaps they have forgotten that our military was forged to be the world’s strongest fighting force, not a government-funded, politically correct, medical sex change clinic for people with gender dysphoria.

On Gender Dysphoria

Gender dysphoria, the common diagnosis for one who feels at odds with his or her birth gender, develops from prolonged anxiety and depression. People are not born that way.

The “proof” for a diagnosis of gender dysphoria is having strongly held feelings—but feelings can and often do change over time.

On the Cost of Gender Transition Surgeries

Transitioning can be expensive—up to $130,000 per person for numerous body-mutilating and cosmetic procedures over many months (or years) to fashion the body to appear as the opposite sex.

Yet, no matter how skilled the surgeon, or how much money is spent, it is biologically impossible to change a man into a woman or a woman into a man. The change is only cosmetic.

On the Emotional Toll Gender Transition May Take

Beyond the financial cost, there’s the question of the service member’s military readiness during their transition or detransition, as the process often comes with a great deal of anxiety and emotional instability.

I know of many who have struggled to adapt to the new gender role for years after reassignment surgery.

On the Military’s Mission

The military is expected to prepare its members in warfare: to kill, destroy, and break our enemies. The most important factors in preparing a strong military are not hormone therapy, surgical sex changes, or politically correct education.

We need psychologically fit, emotionally sound, highly trained troops to protect our nation from its enemies.

Whether or not one agrees with Heyer’s argument, these are valid points that must be grappled with in order to dispute the rationale of Trump’s ban. The appeal to identity politic is not enough: There are too many American lives on the line.

Former Transgender drops “Reality Check” BOMB on Trump’s military decision

TRUTH BOMB: Why one combat vet’s post supporting the transgender military ban is going viral

“War is no place for people who are mentally, emotionally, or physically confused or in turmoil. You have your s*** together, or you don’t,” he stated. “And if you don’t, you’ll just get people needlessly killed. Political correctness has absolutely no place in the military.”

Salzman couldn’t be more right about this issue.

The military isn’t for the faint of heart, which is precisely why the standards to join are so high. We want the best of the best defending our liberty. To ensure that our way of life is secure, and that our troops are as safe as possible, candidates for enlistment must be of sound mind.


6 Myths About Transgender People In The Military

1. You have a right to serve in the military. As David French points out, the driving fallacy behind this belief is that serving in the military is the equivalent of “private employment” and “individual empowerment.” It’s not.

Lady Gaga Accidentally Proves Why Banning Transgenders from Military Service Is a Smart Idea

Sincerely, did you know of the group you singled out today, 45% of them ages (18 to 24) have attempted suicide already?

Breaking: James Dobson Breaks Silence, Issues Trump Statement That Will Infuriate Millions

“For eight years, the Department of Defense under President Obama, went about the systematic and intentional transformation of the U.S. military, unnecessarily disrupting the world’s most elite fighting force from their most pressing and urgent requirement — keeping our country and its allies safe,” read a statement from Dobson.

“It is heartening to have a commander in chief who puts the expert opinions of his generals and military officials ahead of the destructive forces of political correctness and identity politics,” he continued.

“I support the president’s decision and commend this administration for having the courage to protect our military from what would only amount to an enormous and costly distraction,” Dobson concluded.

VIRAL VIDEO: Army Vet Defends Military Transgender Ban

It’s your choice to do with your body what you wish, but the military is not there to serve as a social experiment, nor pay for transgender transitioning cost related to hormone replacement therapy, or sex change operations. The military serves as a fighting force that guards this nation and does not need to be burdened with the extreme changes it would be required to undergo to accommodate such a small demographic. @realdonaldtrump has made a wise decision. Let’s also not forget that gender dysphoria is still classified as a psychological disorder, and within the trans community there is a 61% suicide rate which is a clear indicator of psychological issues.

Studies have consistently found severe psychological issues associated with gender dysphoria. A 2016 study found that among military veterans identifying as transgender,” 90% have at least one mental health diagnosis, such as posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD) or depression, and nearly 50% had a hospitalization after a suicide attempt or suicidal thoughts.” An extensive 2011 study by the Karolinska Institute found that sex reassignment surgery rather than helping transgender individuals, resulted in worse psychological issues down the road. The study found that ten years after surgery, their “suicide mortality rose almost 20-fold above the comparable non transgender population.

Transgender Surgeries Would Cost Pentagon $1.3 BillionSex-change surgeries cost an average $132,000 each – via Washington Free Beacon

Taxpayer-funded sex-change surgeries would cost the Pentagon $1.3 billion over 10 years.

“The 10-year cost estimate is for surgery only and is adjusted for 3 percent inflation; it accounts for Active Duty, Guard, and Reserve members currently serving as well as new recruits over the same time period,” the document states. “It uses the FY 18 DoD number for total number of military members and multiplies it by the percentage of military personnel assumed to be transgender as reported by the UCLA Williams Institute and the National Center for Transgender Equality.”

The 2014 Williams Institute study found there were 15,500 transgender individuals actively serving, or 0.7 percent of the military population. By adjusting the figure for the enlistment numbers of 2,130,000, there are currently 14,910 transgender service members.

Thirty percent will likely seek surgeries, or 4,473 transgender troops. The average cost per surgery is $132,000, which is a combination of the average cost of male to female ($140,450) and female to male ($124,400) surgeries.

The cost to taxpayers for these surgeries would be $590 million, and $770 million with a 3 percent inflation rate by 2027.

Hartzler’s office calculated the additional costs of surgeries for new transgender recruits every year.

There are 178,000 new military members per year, and assuming 0.7 percent are transgender, 1,246 new transgender service members each year. Assuming 30 percent get surgeries, there would be an additional 374 surgical transitions per year, or 3,740 over 10 years. Those surgeries would cost $493 million, and with 3 percent inflation a total of $579 million by 2027.

The costs of active duty transgender surgeries and those of new recruits over a 10-year period total $1.349 billion.

It is likely even more transgender service members would seek sex reassignment surgeries if they are taxpayer-funded.

More than 30 percent of transgender individuals say they want to have various sex reassignment surgeries in the future, according to the 2011 National Transgender Discrimination Survey.

Fifty-three percent of men who identify as women say they someday want a breast augmentation, and 61 percent say want an orchiectomy, the surgical removal of one or both testicles, in the future.

Sixty-four percent say they want a vaginoplasty, the construction of a vagina, someday.

Hartzler’s office said their cost estimate is more accurate than a study commissioned under the Obama administration by the RAND Corporation, which is federally funded by the Office of the Secretary of Defense.

The RAND study only provided cost estimates for one year, did not adjust for inflation, and only included active duty transgender troops, and not from the National Guard and Reserve.

The RAND study also used a much lower estimate of the number of transgender individuals in the military, between 1,320 and 6,630. The Navy estimates there are at least 13,000 transgender individuals serving in the military, and the Williams Institute reported over 15,000 in 2014.

The RAND study also estimates only 5 percent would seek surgery, a much lower figure than the 30 percent average reported in the National Transgender Discrimination Survey. Furthermore, the study does not use cost estimates of the actual surgeries, but only the cost increase in private insurance premiums for plans that cover transgender services.

Hartzler’s office also points out the RAND study was commissioned by former secretary of defense Ash Carter under “the presumption that transgender persons can serve openly without adverse impact on military effectiveness and readiness.”

The $1.349 billion cost does not include additional medical costs of transgender service members, including hormone therapy, mental health services, or costs associated with surgical complications.

Related Links:

Tucker Carlson Tonight interviews Rep. Sean Patrick Maloney on Transgenders in the military
https://youtu.be/2dg6_bGsO5U

Published on Jul 26, 2017

Tucker Carlson and Rep. Sean Patrick Maloney debate Trump’s banning transgenders from military service, with the lawmaker accusing supporters of the ban of prejudice and Tucker accusing him of demagoguery

(Uses Seal Beck as an example as to why this ban makes our country LESS SAFE, even though Beck didn’t serve as a transgender, is retired now, and only WORKED WITH SEAL TEAM 6. I hate when liberals lie to make their point seem more important. NOT COOL.

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Fake News Exposure 

Sarah Palin’s son-in-law, Dakota Meyer, rips fake transgender SEAL story

Really was a SEAL but did not transition until after retired from the military and was not on the raid that killed Osama Bin Laden -Just another manipulation to make President Trump look like a jerk.

Trans Navy SEAL Challenges Trump Over Military Transgender Ban

While serving, Chris Beck kept his self-identification as a female secret, thus not seeking medical aid from the military, as had begun to be offered to transgenders by the Obama administration in October 2016. The massive policy shift that was begun under Obama beginning in July 2016 included the military providing the medical services required for “transitioning,” which can require hormone therapy, sex reassignment surgery, and psychological counseling.

Author: wadingthruthecrap

~ Your friendly neighborhood superhero. ~ Openminded Christian Right Leaning Libertarian Woman - I would really just like to see us all compromise and live in harmony. The negativity is really taking a toll on me mentally and physically. We don't have to agree to get along. We don't have to agree, to respect each other and share ideals. I do all my own research in order to stay informed and to stay SANE! If I just let the news and hearsay govern me I'd be freaking out and living under my bed. The fear-mongering must stop!

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