Should transgender service members be banned from the military? | The Tylt
Should transgender service members be banned from the military?
President Trump announced in a series of tweets last month that transgender individuals would be banned from serving in the U.S. military "in any capacity." While many military officials were caught off guard by President Trump's Twitter announcement, the administration is now drafting official guidelines on the transgender military ban.
The White House memo would allow Defense Secretary Jim Mattis to consider the ability of currently serving transgender service members and whether or not to oust them from the military.
Mr. Mattis under the new policy is expected to consider “deployability”—the ability to serve in a war zone, participate in exercises or live for months on a ship—as the primary legal means to decide whether to separate service members from the military, the officials said.
But while the Trump administration has defended its ban on the basis of deployability and cost, LGBT advocates argue the ban is discriminatory and there is no evidence transgender service members burden the U.S. military.
“Less than 24 hours after boasting that there was ‘no room for prejudice, no place for bigotry’ in the armed forces, President Trump is doubling down on discrimination by pressing forward with his ban on transgender service members. This is an insult to, and an attack on, thousands of trained, capable service members and veterans; and it is blatantly unconstitutional. Transgender service members do their jobs, serving the country they love, and are no less able to serve and deploy than anyone else.”
Supporters of the transgender ban say the military is no place for social experimentation and the politically correct policies thrust upon them by the Obama administration had an adverse effect on the military's ability to execute operations. This is not about being fair, it's about winning wars. People's lives are at stake, and no one can afford to defer to the P.C. police in a theater of war.
The Obama policy decision eliminating the previous ban on transgender service has resulted in considerable additional time, effort and expense in dealing with their integration, treatment and special needs that the services can ill afford and which is far out of proportion to their relatively small percentage of the population.