Transgender US Military Ban



Sally-Emma Calandroni, Design Editor

As of Tuesday, January 22, 2019, the Supreme Court ruled that transgender individuals are no longer to serve in the military unless they serve as their biological gender.

The Supreme Court was split, all five conservative representatives passing the bill, and the four liberal representatives being against it. The results would end in President Trump’s favor, seeing as he announced transgender individuals would no longer serve in the military due to cost expenses.

The idea was first publicly proposed by Donald Trump on this Twitter account in 2017, “The United States government will not accept or allow transgender individuals to serve in any capacity in the U.S. Military. Our military must be focused on decisive and overwhelming victory and cannot be burdened with the tremendous medical costs and disruption that transgenders in the military would entail.”

In March 2018, the Trump administration announced that after studying the issue, it was revising its policy. The policy has an exception for transgender troops who relied on the Obama-era rules to begin the process of changing their gender, allowing them to continue to serve. The military stated last year that over 900 men and women have made the transition.

From a financial and logical standpoint, it is seemingly the better strategy to not allow transgender to serve in the military. The privacy of service members must not be infringed, meaning that no soldiers, including trans identifying, are allowed to use facilities of the opposite sex. Barracks, bathroom, showers, etc., the privacy of all service members must be respected. Service members remain combat-ready at all times, those who have transitioned medically require regular hormone treatments and follow-up visits after sex-reassignment surgery. Taxpayers also pay for these surgeries and hormone treatments.

As for how the ruling affects the trans community, it has hit them hard. Some voicing that they feel this ban bars them from leading their lives free from discrimination, seeing this as a huge step backward in progress.