Should Transgenders be allowed in The US Army?

  • September 29, 2017
  • 12:48 am
  • Priyanshi Chandrawat

In June 2017, Donald Trump said he would not allow transgender individuals to serve in the US military in any capacity, reversing a polity put in place by Barack Obama a year ago. The former added, “Our military must be focused on decisive and overwhelming…. victory and cannot be burdened with the tremendous medical costs and disruption that transgender in the military would entail.”

Trump’s decision marks a sharp reversal of a policy initiated under Obama in 2016 in which the Pentagon ended a longtime ban on trans people serving evenly in the military. Reversing the policy will surely going to put a negative impact on the military because 2016 study by the Rand Corporation estimated there are up to 6630 trans people on active duty and up to 4160 in the select reserve. There are roughly 1.4 million active duty US service members. The same study estimated that medical care for individuals whose transition would cost roughly $ 2.4 – $ 4 m annually. Every year the Pentagon spends approximately $ 6 bn on medical care for active members of the armed forces.

There is no reason to force service members who can fight, train and deploy to leave the military regardless of their gender identity. Nancy Pelosi, the House Democratic leader condemned Trump for “a cruel and arbitrary decision designed to humiliate transgender Americans who stepped forward to serve our country.” In 1994, a policy came into force namely DON’T ASK DON’T TELL (DADT) for gays and lesbians, they were allowed to serve for the country only in one condition that they would keep their original identity as a secret and would not let anybody know about this. There is an instance, once a brilliant officer was removed from his designation on an account for his declaration as a gay on his email id irrespective of courage, awards, achievements and honours he felicitated with during his service for the nation.

It is a true fact that humans are judged on the basis of gender, religion, caste, region, race and many more factors lie behind this philosophy of the theory of humanity despite the fact that growth and development is possible only when people do a qualitative work with their full potential, caliber and faith, what makes this possible is his/her interest in the work he/she does and it does not matter who the person is and what is his identity.

Why we humans forget that transgenders are also humans just as everyone has emotions and feelings, likely, they are also got hurt, feel joyous and love others but the only difference lies between them and others is their biological behavior but still we should not hide the fact that whatever the reasons maybe they are human beings in the end.

Transgenders have also strength and body power like others to participate in the military so not allowing them is not only a discrimination on their part but also a way to insult them and to make them realise that they are different from other humans and they are not eligible for other activities that normally humans do in their course of employment.

Therefore, they should also get a chance to show their talents, abilities and interests of doing things they like. America is a hegemony in today’s World, whatever culture they will be going to follow is also going to reflect other nation’s culture directly or indirectly hence US army should allow transgenders to serve under them with their true identity disclosed regardless of whatever the gender may be.