Transgender in the Military: Part 2

Click here to read part one of this two part series.

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.

Trans SymbolWhile 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.

Disclaimer: The content in this article is the opinion of the writer and does not necessarily reflect the policies or opinions of US Patriot Tactical.

Robert Partain

Robert Partain

Robert Partain has been a professional writer for over 25 years. He spent ten years on active duty in the Army working as a medic and training NCO. While he covers any topic associated with military life, he specializes in writing about legislation that can affect active duty service members and veterans. Robert currently lives in the small town of Arab, Alabama.
Robert Partain

4 thoughts on “Transgender in the Military: Part 2

  1. 2 words for ’em: NOT WELCOME.
    STOP the Obama social engineering of our ranks. Enough is enough. Whats next? The morbidly obese? Authorized incest? White House sanctioned necrophilia? After all, “love is love”, right?

  2. In my opinion, social, sexual and just about any other kind of deviance is unacceptable anywhere on public display, and especially not in the military.
    You want to be a weirdo – be one, quietly and somewhere out of sight, as long as you are not hurting anyone or trying to convert them into your weirdness. As soon as you “come out” – you should be slapped back into whatever hole you crawled out of. Nothing good has ever came of being deviant on social scale – there are no gay countries, no transgender empires (all-female culture of island of Lesbos is a myth).
    Being that much different in the military simply puts everyone at risk – the weirdo himself (small loss), but also the men (and women) in their unit. People tend to dislike weirdos, and they respond in kind. In a situation where you have each others backs all the time, under fire, that one second of hesitation “should I save this thing?” can cost both individuals their lives. And this hesitation will be totally subconscious, you may think to yourself “I’d never hesitate to save my platoon mate”, but there are circumstances under which you will, this may be one of them.

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