I’m exhausted by the amount of posts that I feel the need to respond to. Every time I see someone post about it, I get a twinge of guilt as I hide the post, no longer feeling able to defend this. It saddens me how many people feel like they are in the right for having the views that they do. It saddens me that my own comrades would say that their brothers and sisters shouldn’t be allowed into the military.
Yes, you have brothers and sisters who are trans. They have been in our military for years. They’ve been allowed in. They’ve enlisted and served along side us. You might even know one personally. They might not have transitioned while serving, but they lived in that closet. They’ve given their lives, gone through the same training and met the same standards. They’ve won accolades for their sacrifices. A year ago, the military lifted the ban on being openly trans.
A year ago, they decided that it was better to have a more inclusive military. Just like repealing “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell”, they decided that it was more effective to have soldiers be accepted for who they are. It is detrimental to be in the closet, to have your battle buddies not know this aspect of you. An aspect that is so core to who you are. This forces a question on if your battle buddies would truly have your back. You are supposed to be able to trust your battle buddies without a shadow of a doubt. There shouldn’t be questioning or hesitating, just efficiency and a military acting as an effective whole.
There’s a reason for all of the team building obstacle courses, the training, you build a family. It is the secrets we keep from that family that ultimately hurt us and therefore hurt the military as a whole. We already lose so many to suicide, and I’m sure we can all agree that that needs to change.
A year ago, the military decided that being trans was not equatable to mental disorders, physical disabilities, and other standards barring enlistment. Your argument that the military already bars enlistment to those people is baseless. Trans people do not have a condition that should bar them from enlistment. In the DSM-V, there is a clear shift in what Gender Dysphoria and Gender Identity Disorder (GID) is defined as. As shown in this article, it isn’t inherent to being transgender. It is a disorder (much like other disorders) that is caused by external stimulus, specifically being in the closet and forced to hide their identity. This ban that people are supporting is only causing the actual disorder.
As for how much transitioning costs, it isn’t simple. Not every trans person wants to go through every surgery out there. Not to mention the amount of approval they have to go through to be able to get the changes that they need (yes, need). Most of these surgeries are life-saving. Are other soldiers allowed life-saving surgeries? How many people join for the education benefits that the military provides? Other benefits? How many people get medical benefits for the rest of their life? I’m not arguing for these to be taken away, just pointing out that joining for the benefits is not something new and isn’t frowned upon.
Here’s three articles from separate news sources pointing out the ridiculous argument that you are upholding by agreeing that it would cost “so much” to have trans soldiers:
I hope that this has been helpful for some. I don’t expect to change everyone’s opinion on the matter. However, I needed to chime in, despite no longer being able to defend at the individual level.
Note: I realize that “brothers and sisters” can feel excluding to non-binary folks. I do not intend it to be, and want to make that clear. If you have better language to add, please feel free to let me know.