Several retired flag officers think Trump's transgender ban was right move
More than a dozen retired generals and admirals have signed a letter to President Trump thanking him for his announced policy to ban transgender people from the armed forces.Fighting and winning a war is difficult work that does not need this kind of distraction. Data shows that people who are transgender are significantly more likely to have attempted suicide or who think about it. This raises more questions about how they will react to the stresses associated with combat.
“We write today to express our gratitude to you for making the extremely courageous decision to reverse President Obama’s transgender social experiment,” the conservative retired flag officers wrote. “There may be an enormous amount of vitriol directed at you for making this policy correction, but please know that overturning this policy may have done more in the long-term to save the culture and war-fighting capacity of the U.S. military than perhaps any other military policy you will adopt as president.”
Citing various estimates that transgender medical treatments would cost $1.3 billion to $3.7 billion over 10 years, the generals and admirals wrote that “allowing transgender individuals to enlist would attract those persons who hope to have taxpayers pay for their ‘transitioning,’ including hormone replacement therapies and elective surgeries.”
“DoD guidelines require that those serving in the military be ‘medically adaptable to the military environment without the necessity of geographic area limitations,’” they wrote. “However, both hormone therapy and gender reassignment surgery result in the need for specialized medical care which will not be available in all geographic locations.”
The transgender policy adopted by Mr. Obama requires commanders to monitor all gender reassignment procedures as they consult with doctors and supervisors to approve the treatment and figure out lost duty time.
“Aside from the time lost due to the nondeployability of the person transitioning, one must also consider the time taken away from commanding officers for transgender case management,” the letter said.