Trump trumps transgenders in the military.
Transgender Military Ban: 5 Facts That Rebut Trump’s Claims
Their pluses and my 2 cent minuses:
The total number of transgender individuals in the military is very low.
In 2014, there were an estimated 1,300 to 6,600 transgender individuals serving in the military, according to the RAND report. That is 1,300 – 6,600 too many
That year, there were more than 1.3 million active service members, meaning that transgender individuals made up between 0.1 and 0.5 percent of the total active military, according to the report.
In the Selected Reserve (the non-active portion of the military), the RAND study estimated there were between 830 and 4,160 transgender individuals in 2014.
Not all transgender service members seek transition-related treatments.
A subset of the total number of transgender individuals in the military choose to engage in any type of procedures to transition to a gender that differs from the one they were assigned at birth, according to the RAND report. And even among those who choose to do so, the transition may be “primarily social” and involve no medical treatments.
When medical treatments are involved, they can include hormone therapy, hair removal and for some, surgery.
What the hell is our government supposed to be running; a cosmetic company, a social club, a joint replacement agency or a military organization to defend the country.
Transition-related treatment would disrupt less than 0.1 percent of the active military.
The RAND researchers estimated that between 29 and 129 active-duty transgender individuals would seek transition-related treatment that could disrupt their ability to deploy each year. This estimate represents less than 0.1 percent of the total number of people in the military. 0.1 too many. Why should tax payers funds be squandered on even one confused person’s personal issues?
In comparison, in 2015, approximately 50,000 active-duty military personnel, or 14 percent, in the Army alone were ineligible to deploy for various legal, medical or administrative reasons, according to the RAND report.
Gender transition-related health care costs are “relatively low.”
Though Trump cites “tremendous medical costs” related to transgender individuals serving in the military, the RAND study estimated these costs would fall between $2.4 million and $8.4 million each year.
These costs would increase overall military health care spending by an “exceedingly small” amount, the report said. Between 0.04 and 0.13 percent of the approximately $6 billion spent in 2014 would go to transition-related health care costs, the researchers found.
Did I read that right? ONLY 0.13% of 6 billion would be spent on transgenders. Well shucks folks, if my calculator is working properly, that only equates to $ 780,000,000. How many tanks and other military equipment can that buy.
Foreign militaries can offer insights.
In 2016, 18 countries allowed transgender individuals to serve openly in the military, according to the RAND report.
For their report, the researchers focused specifically on four countries — Australia, Canada, Israel and the United Kingdom — and found that none of these countries’ militaries “reported a negative impact on the operational effectiveness, operational readiness or cohesion of the force.”
Who really cares what foreign military does. Very few of them have combat troops on the front line like the USA does. The primary purpose for ANY ONE when joining the military is for them to follow orders and fight in combat situations for their country if necessary. Not to pick and chose what they would prefer to blend into their lives.
PDT hit it out of the ballpark again when he put the nicks on transgender people in the military.
Aside from the unnecessary cost to accommodate all of these people as was stated by the Rand study, and their ever-changing lifestyles, the fact that they are living in such a state of confusion adds to the complications of accommodating them. Fighting forces have to accommodate the military, not the other way around. In a combat situation, a person has to be thinking clearly, without distractions.
Are they able to pull a trigger, throw a grenade, fire a rocket launcher, absolutely but how many of them are willing to meet that standard as all military personal should? Because of their indecision in their personal lives as to what sex that want to be, that complicates the overwhelming obligations the military is expected to perform.
The military, in all branches, has enough on their hands dealing with the normal individuals in their ranks let alone people that are not sure what sex they want to be.
Some people, especially the PC-ers lose sight of the fact of what the military’s purpose/responsibility is. It is to defend our country in the most professional/effective manner at their disposal, not to be a babysitting or psychoanalyzing organization to a bunch of confused individuals.
One of the situations that is a constant threat to these unusual people is the harassment that they receive from there fellow military personal. How should that be eliminate? By not allowing them to serve.
I am convinced that many of the confused people join the military to get free medical assistance with their problems.
Who was it going to be in the Foxhole with me Jack who wants to be Jill or Jill that wants to be Jack. From where I stand, I want to positive/stable thinking person watching my back.
Let us not loose sight of the fact that the all branches of the military are supposed to be able bodied citizens who should be mentally and PHYSICALLY able to perform whatever duties they are assigned to, not catering to do what they feeling like doing AT THAT TIME OF THE MONTH.
I will not claim that ALL of the transgender people that are in the military are not capable of performing military duties as they should. BUT, always the BIG BUT, I would not want to chanced it and be wrong. How do we pick and chose as to which one is firing on all 8 and who isn’t.
This PC BALL started to roll when Obama was sitting in the Big Chair. One of his visions for a better military was to have all Marines, female and male wear the same covers (hats). Talk about nonsense and a waste of a presidents precious time.
The cover on the extreme left is what the male Marines wear – the cover on the right is what the ladies wear. Give me a &%#(@# break. What the hell was that man thinking trying to change a long standing tradition? PC-ignorance at it’s finest.
Are there a percentage of straight military people that are not fit for military service? Absolutely, but their hang-ups are not as complicated as a transgender.
Two thumbs up for PDT. Someone with a degree of common-sense has to take charge.
If the PC-ers can not understand this; it doesn’t surprise me. These days, there is very little that they understand!! I haven’t figured out if it is outright stupidity or outright stupidity???
Running an effective military is difficult enough without worrying about someone kicking sand in Jackie’s make-up kit.
The next big thing on the military’s power-puff agenda will be the toilet facilities. Who squats, who stands and who is peaking.
Good move Mr. Trump!!