Ever since the Supreme Court ruled in favor of same-sex marriage, America has been on a warpath to make sure LGBT rights are implemented and observed to highest degree possible no matter what the cost.
According to this Idaho Statesman article, the Pentagon is planning to lift the band and allow transgender soldiers to serve in all branches of the military.
Leading the charge are Defense Secretary Ash Carter and his undersecretary Brad Carson. During the Pentagon’s “Pride” Month ceremony, Ash said that “we believe in getting to a place where no one serves in silence, and where we treat all our soldiers, sailors, airmen and Marines with the dignity, and the respect that they deserve.”
Although this shift in military policy was fueled by the Supreme Courts ruling that redefined marriage, it has been in the works since the “don’t ask, don’t tell” policy was struck down in 2011 thus allowing gays to serve openly in the military.
The military needs time to work out all the different aspects of such a change. For instance, what uniforms will the transgender troops wear? The uniform for the sex they were born as or the uniform for what they want to be? There are also the issues of housing, bathroom usage, and deployments that will need to be worked out.
Other large concerns include the medical costs associated with a person changing their gender. The military covers all of the medical costs for its soldiers. Does this policy change then mean that the surgeries, hormones, and other treatments associated with gender swapping will be paid for by the military?
If the military is going to pay for the gender switch for each participating soldier, it means that it is really the taxpayer that is paying for the transformation.
The military is already paying for hormone therapy for Bradley Manning, an ex-soldier convicted in 2013 of violating the espionage act by leaking national security documents to wikileaks. The hormone therapy was awarded to the convict by the military under the threat of a lawsuit.
Every man, woman, and variation of such should be able to serve their country. The taxpayers and the country, however, should not be paying for gender modification.
Do you agree with the Pentagon’s new policy? What issues, if any, do you see arising with transgender soldiers? We would love to hear your thoughts!