Transgender Practicalities


By Mojo

Lately, for the past 8 months, Twitter has been the chosen platform of your Commander and Chief. Trump gives in-depth opinions and delivers national policy changes all in 140 characters or less.

Two weeks ago was no different when he announced that the United States Armed Forces will no longer allow transgender soldiers in the military.

The public reaction was quite varied and remains so, due to a fair amount of misplaced feelings.

Those who support the policy shift claim monetary justifications, while those who oppose the policy shift claim bigotry. Both sides, while justified in their concerns, seem to be missing the larger issue at hand, every citizen has a right to serve and the country has a right to ready and able soldiers.

Those who support the exile of transgender individuals from the military lose sight of the fact that all people deserve the right to serve their country, insisting the ban comes in light of new budget concerns. The cost of transgender surgeries and related treatments in 10 years is projected to be between 1-3 billion dollars, a mere drop in the bucket compared to the 680-billion-dollar budget.

If support for this policy shift hinges on saving money by avoiding “unnecessary” medical treatment, supporters will have to advocate for a ban on men in the military.

52 percent of men suffer from erectile dysfunction. The DoD keeps an 84 million dollar medical supply of erectile dysfunction drugs so men can indulge in their personal desire for sex. If that yearly tab is multiplied by 10, a decade of drugs used for personal wanting, as opposed to medical need, will cost the American public 84 billion dollars.

The fact that the government will pay for Viagra and other erectile dysfunction drugs at a cost 28 times higher than transgender medical cost leads the public to believe that this change in policy is less motivated by money and more motivated by bigotry.

If the government and its supporters are steadfast in their assertion that money is the motive, the many aging men of the government should be voting to remove those pricey erectile dysfunction drugs from the budget presently. We should all keep an eye out for that.

The government can leave men to fend for themselves for costly personal indulgences or they can ban men from the military altogether like they’ve done to the transgender community.

The United States is not going to ban men form the military, leaving politicians no choice but to vote out the medical allowances created to serve people’s individual wants.

Intercourse is unequivocally a want, it is not a necessity to ensure that an individual stay alive. Respectfully, this is how the government and a lot of their supporters categorize transgender surgery and related treatments.

Politicians are insisting that gender reassignment is not a medical necessity to continue life but rather an individual want.

Those who are against the transgender ban disagree, insisting that transgender people being who they are is not an individual want but rather a necessity. These advocates have lost sight of the fact the army needs soldiers who are in compliance with the standard of military readiness.

It cannot be definitely agreed on if a transgender person deeply yearns for or genuinely needs reassignment treatments. What can be agreed on is everyone has a choice to act or not act on internal feelings.

The transgender community is entitled to their medical treatments but the United States cannot be expected to foot the bill much like we cannot be expected to foot the bill for men’s erections. 

The comparison is crass but a lot of men feel like they need sex to live and transgender individuals feel like they need the reassignment surgery to live, neither of which are true.

A man can live without sex and a trans-person can live in the body they were born in and remain alive, you may be unhappy but you are alive. The United States military is not responsible for your happiness, paying for erectile dysfunction drugs and reassignment surgeries are individual pursuits that do not add to the value or readiness of the troops.

That being said, transgender soldiers should not be banned from the military as long as their medical needs do not interfere with their military readiness. A trans-person who can manage or has managed the transition process without financial assistance from the military, should have complete access to the Armed Forces and its benefits.