Transgender People Banned From Serving in U.S. Military???

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The subject of transgender Americans is innately touchy, due to the various viewpoints people have regarding bathrooms, gender reassignment surgeries, and more. So far, the fate of transgenders who currently serve in the military is unknown. White House Press Secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders stated that President Trump’s decision was prompted by what was perceived as “best for the military,” according to CNN.

A 2016 study conducted by the RAND Company indicates that approximately 2,450 military personnel identify as transgender. Additionally, the study says healthcare costs would increase between $2.4 million to $8.4 million dollars annually as an offshoot of transgender service. Again, the Pentagon should not be responsible for funding any sex change surgeries whatsoever, but transgender people, as a whole, should not be barred from fighting for our country.

Avoiding blind support and groupthink is critical, especially in politics. While President Trump is correct on a great deal of issues, the service of transgender people in the military is not one of them. While the Pentagon should not be paying for sex change operations, a ban on transgender military personnel is not the correct answer either. If someone wishes to switch genders, that is their prerogative, but they should pay for it themselves. However, the bad judgement of President Obama’s previous orders for sex change funding should not punish capable transgender people who may wish to fight for our country today.