Transgender people will be allowed to enlist in the U.S. military for the first time starting January 1, 2017, as ordered by the federal courts — in defiance of President Trump’s transgender ban.
To prepare, biologically female soldiers have been training to shower with transgender women.
The Trump administration decided not to appeal recent court rulings that blocked his ban on transgenders in the military, saying it will wait for a Pentagon study before deciding what to do next.
“The Department of Defense has announced that it will be releasing an independent study of these issues in the coming weeks,” a DOD official told Reuters. “So rather than litigate this interim appeal before that occurs, the administration has decided to wait for DOD’s study.”
President Trump said he doesn’t want transgenders in the military because of the “tremendous medical costs and disruption” that would entail.
Transgender recruits cost $1.9 billion to $3.7 billion over 10 years
The Family Research Council estimates the total cost of transgender recruits at $1.9 billion to $3.7 billion over the next 10 years.
Some lawmakers also point out that transgender military recruits undergoing transition surgery can’t be deployed for almost a year.
Congresswoman: This policy makes no sense for the military
“I’ve looked at this issue very, very closely and this policy is going to cost $1.35 billion over the next 10 years alone just for the sex reassignment surgeries of the transgender members of our service, Congresswoman Vicky Hartzler told CNN.
“Military members undergoing transition surgery are nondeployable for up to 267 days. Similarly, regular hormone treatments render individuals nondeployable into the future.
It makes no sense to create soldiers who are unable to fight and win our nation’s wars and it’s unfair to non-transitioning individuals who must leave their families and deploy in their place.”
In July 2017, Trump — the commander-in-chief of the Armed Forces — said he made the decision to ban transgenders from the military after consulting with military experts and generals on his staff.
Liberals immediately attacked President Trump as homophobic even though he has been endorsed by many in the LGBT community.
Federal lawsuits were filed seeking to block Trump’s ban. Last week, two courts — one in Washington and one in Virginia — ruled that transgenders can enroll in the military starting January 1, 2018.
Over the summer, the U.S. Army launched “transgender training” for biologically female soldiers to prepare them to commingle with their trans-peers.
Among them is a warning to women soldiers that “you may encounter individuals in barracks, bathrooms, or shower facilities with physical characteristics of the opposite sex.” Hoo-ah!
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