Whatever I think about someone being transgender has nothing to do with what I am about to say. My opinion on transgenderism has nothing to do with someone’s choice to be or not to be transgender; that’s simply that person’s choice. However, when it comes to whether they should serve in the military, I personally think it would be a huge and dangerous distraction which would put ALL of our troops in harm's way!
It’s really quite simple folks. NO ONE has a RIGHT to join the military.
Just because a person wants to be a pilot or a football player, a ballerina, a teacher, a truck driver, or a doctor does not mean they have the RIGHT to be whatever it is they have chosen. There are training and tests a person must go through. These tests don’t care if you are white, black, brown, purple or green; they don’t care if you are male, female, transgender, or anything else. You simply have to be able to pass the test at the end of your training.
When I was growing up, I wanted to be a writer, singer, dancer, actor, and spy! I can sing, but I’m no Celine. So much for the singing part. I can’t walk and chew gum at the same time, and I was a bit of a clutz when it came to sports, so much for dancing. I’ve never been a spy, but I like watching spy movies— that doesn’t give me the skills to be an actor or spy. I have pushed myself to become a writer. My point is, just because I wanted to be or do these things, does not give me the right to demand that society or some institution grant me the privilege of that career choice.
At one point I decided to become a teacher. I took all my college courses, did my student teaching, passed my background checks and the state tests, and I became a teacher which I enjoyed for about four years. I didn’t have a RIGHT to be a teacher. I had to pass the college courses and all the tests!
I’ve also been in the military, during the tail end of the Vietnam era. My basic training was tough. Our troop was the first all female troop to have a male drill sergeant. Drill Sergeant Spence was a great leader, and I’d like to think we did him proud! But, I didn’t have a RIGHT to join the Army.
First, I had to pass a psychological and intelligence test at the recruiter's office, and I had to meet certain height and weight criteria which I did. A couple of my high school chums couldn’t get in because they were too short and overweight, and another had a problem with his feet. While I was in basic training, there were at least two girls who were kicked out for different reasons. One had a physical problem which didn’t get caught during the first part of the process with the recruiters. The second had some psychological issues. She actually tried to fake strep throat and then the measles just to get out of duty assignments during basic training. They didn’t make it because they couldn’t handle it. They didn’t have a right to be in the army, they couldn’t pass the tests. Basic training was the 2nd level of those tests. These tests have nothing to do with your race, religion, sexuality or political opinions. These tests are about whether or not you are physically and psychologically able to be in combat! That’s it. It’s that simple.
So to repeat myself, I don’t care of you are transhuman, transgender, translunar, trans-anything. You do not have a RIGHT to be in the military. If you can’t pass the physical and psychological tests, then you do not belong there. Military members have to be able to count on the others in their troop to keep each other safe and get the job done. They can’t do that if they know they have someone with fragile emotions or other health issues in their group. Just can’t happen. The risk is too high, and mistakes cost people their lives.
Keep in mind that suicide rates for transgenders are considerably higher than for those who are not transgenders. According to USA Today:
“Suicide attempts are alarmingly common among transgender individuals... 41% try to kill themselves at some point in their lives, compared with 4.6% of the general public. The numbers come from a study by the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention and the Williams Institute, which analyzed results from the National Transgender Discrimination Survey.”
This should raise major concerns regarding the psychological test that each person is required to pass in order to serve in the military.
One last time, I don’t care what race, religion, color, gender, etc., a person is. No one has the right to be in the military, or any career, for that matter.
Whatever you choose to do or to be, I wish you well, and I hope that you can meet the requirements to fulfill your dream.