58% support letting transgenders serve in the military, but…

58% support letting transgenders serve in the military, but…

58% support letting transgenders serve in the military, but…

Mattis, who was on vacation at the time of Trump's decision, only had one day's worth of notice before Trump tweeted his announcement of the policy, the paper. Swokowski says if the civilian side can work with transgender individuals, the military should be able to do the same. Our military must be focused on decisive and overwhelming victory and can not be burdened with the tremendous medical costs and disruption that transgender in the military would entail.

But unlike Jenner, who attacked Trump over his military ban, Dixon thinks it's right. At the time, the most common reason for failure was asthma. "Transgender people can not simply be thrown out of the military because of his tweets from this morning".

Unconvincingly, Hartzler has cast her concerns as a matter of government paying the costs of gender reassignment surgeries, claiming that it would harm military readiness. "Our armed forces were actively integrating transgender service members", said George Perezvelez a Navy Veteran and a member of the executive board of the East Bay Stonewall Democratic Club.

On its face, such a policy would target a class of persons - transgender people - based on a characteristic that, by the military's own admission in its recent careful study of the issue, has no bearing on their fitness to serve.

The military should continue to treat all of its fearless soldiers with respect, even if the president does not. Not million, billion. Sometimes we like to think that one million and one billion are figures that are comparable to one another, but, for size comparison, one million seconds is 11.5 days, whereas one billion seconds is 37.7 years.

Several thousand transgender service members - some of whom are fighting for their nation in war zones, risking their lives - suddenly wondered if they were going to be discharged because of who they are.

Under a year-old plan brought in by former president Barrack Obama, there are now an estimated 15,000 personnel in the USA military who identify as transgender, and of that number 6,000 are on active duty. Trans people are twice as likely than the general population to serve their country, according to the study "Still Serving in Silence: Transgender Service Members and Veterans in the National Transgender Discrimination Survey", by Jack Harrison-Quintana, policy institute manager at the National Gay and Lesbian Task Force, and Jody Herman, manager of transgender research at the Williams Institute.

That's a stark difference from the $84 million spent on Viagra and similar medications in 2014, and as USA Today pointed out, is "roughly the cost of four of Trump's trips to Mar-A-Lago". Many of them were encouraged to begin the process of coming out by the previous administration, and now Trump is firing them. Will the ban take effect immediately or will there be an adjustment period? "This short-sighted and discriminatory policy will make America less safe".

Defense officials told CNN last week that the Pentagon had asked the White House for additional guidance soon after the President's tweet. We await the official report of what the ban will entail, and, in the meantime, we must stand together with the transgender community and remind them that their service is valuable and we will fight this policy of exclusion tooth and nail with them.

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