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The Facts On Transgenders In U.S. Military

July 26, 2017

The facts of what is at play with the decision that Trump tweeted on the toilet this morning are important to know.  I think the White Supremacist aspect is very much in play. All this is very alarming as Defense Secretary Mattis is on vacation.  The congress did not have heads up on this matter and did not know Trump was on the toilet.

The bottom line is will Trump kick transgender people out of the military if they are already serving?

There Are an Estimated 1,320–6,630 Transgender Service Members in the Active Component, but Not All Will Seek Gender Transition–Related Treatment

  • It is difficult to estimate the number of transgender personnel in the military due to current policies and a lack of empirical data. Applying a range of prevalence estimates, combining data from multiple surveys, and adjusting for the male/female distribution in the military provided a midrange estimate of around 2,450 transgender personnel in the active component (out of a total number of approximately 1.3 million active-component service members) and 1,510 in the Selected Reserve.
  • Only a subset will seek gender transition–related treatment. Estimates derived from survey data and private health insurance claims data indicate that, each year, between 29 and 129 service members in the active component will seek transition-related care that could disrupt their ability to deploy.

The Costs of Gender Transition–Related Health Care Treatment Are Relatively Low

  • Using private health insurance claims data to estimate the cost of extending gender transition–related health care coverage to transgender personnel indicated that active-component health care costs would increase by between $2.4 million and $8.4 million annually, representing a 0.04- to 0.13-percent increase in active-component health care expenditures.
  • Even upper-bound estimates indicate that less than 0.1 percent of the total force would seek transition-related care that could disrupt their ability to deploy
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