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As for why so many transgender people want to join the military, many believe it is based on the same reasons others want to join; namely: steady pay, money for college, adventure, tradition, and so on.
While the studies that are coming out are not exact, they do present valuable information including information about the estimated number of transgender personnel who are currently in the service, or want to join the military. This has resulted in the Pentagon starting a detailed review of its policies. At least that is what the public is being told. At present, the main discussion is whether or not to lift the ban on transgender enlistments. The simple fact is that there are so many currently serving that it seems to bolster the argument for lifting the ban.
In July, Ashton Carter, Defense Secretary, said in a statement: “Transgender men and women in uniform have been there with us, even as they often had to serve in silence alongside their fellow comrades in arms.” Defense Secretary Carter said that the Pentagon would review its current policy with the assumption that the ban should be lifted.
It is not known if lifting the ban would result in more transgender personnel joining the military or not. Most experts seem to agree that the military will still be an attractive option for those in the 18-20 year-old age group as the military will always offer exceptional opportunities and training.
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