Kristen CallahanProfessor McCaffreyEnglish 1102-3410 November 2017Transgenders Should Be Allowed To Serve In The Military Transgender citizens should be allowed to serve in the military regardless of the price of medicinal treatment and sexual identities. In this paper there are three reasons and my personal opinion on the topic. Allowing transgenders to join the military would increase the number of military troops; multiple analysis shows that the military spends more money on Viagra than transgender medication and if the military ban stays intact people will retaliate. The last reason is my personal opinion which is, if they are compatible for the armed forces then they should be able to join. Allowing transgenders to join would increase the number of military troops. As a country we have a lot of enemies and we have a lot of wars because of that. So what is the one thing we need to fight a war? The answer to that question is numbers. As of 2017, there are currently 2,083,100 members of military (transgenders not included). That number would be doubled without the military ban. Analysis shows that nearly 15,500 transgenders has enlisted in the army this year, but due to the ban they were denied admission. 21% of transgenders have served in the military before this ban takes place. More soldiers in the military will give this country more security when fighting. If transgenders are willing to risk their lives for this country, why should we stop them? We should not ban people from joining the military when we need more soldiers to help defend our country? What do you think is going to happen if the military removes the transgenders already serving? Our numbers for soldiers will decrease and the country’s army will weaken leaving us more vulnerable than ever. Our country is currently fighting a total of five wars. There are 15,500 people who want to help this country, why deny the chance to increase the possibilities of victory.What is going to happen to the transgenders who are already serving in the military? This question has been asked many times since the ban was placed, but the choice of removing the transgenders who are already serving in the military was up to the Federal Court of Washington, D.C. Knowing that serving in the military is a source in income for the transgender soldiers and their families. On October 27th, D.C. Federal Judge Colleen Kollar-Kotelly decided to place a block on Trump’s Military Ban stating that ban was based on “disapproval of transgender people generally” and is cruel and unconstitutional. Judge Kollar-Kotelly also adds that “there is absolutely no support for the claim that the ongoing service of transgender people would have any negative effective on the military at all. In fact, there is considerable evidence that it is the discharge and banning of such that would have such effects.”(Phillips). She notes that the White House violated the “Equal Protection Clause” of the U.S. Constitution. Judge Kollar-Kotelly states, “A number of factors—including the sheer breadth of the exclusion ordered by the directives, the unusual circumstances surrounding the President’s announcement of them, the fact that the reasons given for them do not appear to be supported by any facts, and the recent rejection of those reasons by the military itself—strongly suggest that Plaintiffs’ Fifth Amendment claim is meritorious.” (Phillips)The Justice Department did not take this action well. The Justice Department gave the stated that they “disagree with the court’s ruling and are currently evaluating the next steps.” (Phillips). This kind act has been seen as a blessing to the transgender/LGBT community. Petty Officer Eva Kerry is a 24 year old transgender woman training to serve in the Navy was relived that the ban is blocked. She states “I remain optimistic that the Constitution I swore an oath to will continue to protect the rights of all Americans.” (Phillips)In addition, the military spends more money on Viagra than transgender medication. According to Donald Trump, the main reason why he placed the military ban on transgenders is due to their extreme medical costs. He states on twitter that “our military must be focused on decisive and overwhelming… victory and cannot be burdened with the tremendous medical costs and disruption that transgenders in the military would entail.”(Ingraham). Trump gave this statement without giving any proof of the transgender medical expenses. Since this tweet came out many people began asking multiple questions, but two of those many stood out the most. How much would the military spend on the required transgender medication? The government is given a budget of $50 billion. Out of that budget they spend nearly $42 million on viagra. After researching the costs of transgender medication, Ingraham concludes that “considering the prevalence of transgender service members among the active duty military and the typical health-care costs for gender-transition-related medical treatment, the Rand study estimated that these treatments would cost the military between $2.4 million and $8.4 million annually”. How could transgender medication be “expensive” if it takes up 0.017% of the annual budget of $50 billion. Trump can say that we have enough money to build a border wall, but not enough money to give transgenders the proper medication.Furthermore, if the military ban stays intact people will retaliate. Since the military ban has taken place, nearly 1,000 transgender service members have filed a lawsuit against President Donald Trump for denying them the right to serve their country. Donald Trump has not made a statement on the matter of the issue. As a result of the military ban many people began to protest peacefully in support of transgender rights. They believe that they are still people with rights just like everyone else and shouldn’t be banned for being who they are. Trump placed this ban on transgenders not because of their “extreme medical costs”, but because he is actively reversing every executive order and policy put into place by former President Barack Obama. This is why he his decision is not based on facts. It based only on his opinion. After he announced his ban, he refused to give out any evidence on the matter. Everyone is aware of where he stands when it comes to the LGBT community, this could be one of the main reasons why he issued this ban. During his campaign, Donald Trump has always pointed out his disapproval of Obama’s military actions and how he ran the country. He stated many times that when he won the election, he would change everything the Obama administration has placed on this country and he has. Trump didn’t ban transgenders because of medical expenses. He banned them because everything that has the name “Obama” in it, he wants to get rid of it. That is what the Federal Judge saw. She saw that Trump wasn’t doing this for the right reason and without any evidence. If they are compatible for the armed services they should be able to join. Transgenders are people. If they can prove themselves worthy of joining the armed forces, then they should be able to join. Why should they be treated differently due to their sexual identity and medical needs? They are still human beings, the only difference is their gender and sexuality. If they can handle the required weapons and are able to withstand the training then they should be able to join. The military is able to spend nearly $42 million dollars on Viagra, but when it comes to an annual cost of $8.4 million dollars they want to complain about expenses (Ingraham). Due to their irresponsibility in priority spending, many transgender citizens aren’t getting the proper medication they need to be at their best to serve this country. Donald Trump claims transgender medication is too expensive, but didn’t give the actual cost of the medication. He claims that we’re able to build a border wall across Mexico. Transgenders were even serving in the armed forces in secret decades before this ban as taken place providing proof that they were worthy of serving this country decades before this ban. There are also 134,300 transgenders who are veterans and retired from the armed forces. Kristin Beck (also known as Christopher T. Beck) is a prime example. Kristin Beck is a Senior Chief Petty Officer who has been serving in the armed forces from 1990 until her retirement in 2011. In the year of 2013, Kristin Beck came out as the first openly transgender woman in the U.S. Navy and has since then gained public attention. She has served this country for 21 years as a secret trans-woman. During her time in the armed forces, she was rewarded with a “Bronze Star with Combat Distinguishing Device; Purple Heart; and two Defense Meritorious Service Medals” (Hunter). She was able to prove herself worthy of serving this country for two decades without any issues in terms of medication. According Ryan T. Anderson “all service members should remain combat-ready at all times.” (Anderson). His reason for this statement is due to transgenders regular hormone treatments and follow-up visits after they transition. I disagree with this reason because I believe they can schedule their own follow-up visits before or after they are deployed. They can also take their medication with them if they are deployed with out notice. If Kristin Beck has been doing it for nearly 20 years, then other transgenders would be to as well.In conclusion, transgender citizens should be allowed to serve in the military regardless of their medicinal treatment price and sexual identities, because it could increase the number of military troops, multiple analysis shows that the military spends more money on viagra than transgender medication, if the military ban stays intact people will retaliate, and if they are compatible for the armed forces then they should be able to join. Transgenders are not a different species. They are people who live in this world and have families just like the rest human race and are already dealing with enough judgement. Since the announcement of the Military Ban, many people has been asking the question “what is going to happen to the transgenders already in the military?” A federal judge has put a hold on the Trump Military Ban because of the current members of the military who are transgenders due to them having families to support and their income. With the Trump Military Ban currently blocked, the current transgender recruits will now be able to re-enlist and the military will start allowing more to join. This action is to begin on January 2018.