Dozens of Retired Generals and Admirals Just Slammed Trump's Military Trans Ban

Elias Hubbard
August 2, 2017

-A statement released by the Palm Center from 56 retired general and flag officers responding to President Trump's proposed ban on transgender service members in the us military.

According to the statement released today by the Palm Center, the decorated military brass not only condemned Trump's reckless ban, but also declared their unwavering support for thousands of courageous trans service members already serving our country with valor.

Fifty-six retired USA generals, admirals and other senior officers have voiced opposition to President Donald Trump's announcement of a ban on transgender military service, saying it would be disruptive and degrade readiness.

Right on time, ThinkProgress reported that Trump's travels to Mar-A-Lago already costs at least three times what it does to provide transition-related health services for transgender service members.

The retired officers said the move would "degrade readiness" even more than the "don't ask, don't tell" policy implemented in 1994 under President Bill Clinton that lifted a ban on gay people serving in the military but called for them to be circumspect about their sexuality.

The military leaders also argue that transgender Americans who want to serve in the military should not be dismissed or deprived of medically necessary health care, as some in Congress have proposed due to their objections over taxpayer dollars being used to pay for gender confirmation surgery. If implemented, the ban could result in the discharge of more than 15,000 transgender Americans now serving our country. Considering the Pentagon and the Joint Chiefs had no idea the news was coming, Death and Taxes speculated that maybe the president spoke to retired generals and military experts who hate trans people, but based on an open letter from numerous retired general and admirals published on Tuesday, that doesn't seem to be the case either.

"President Trump seeks to ban transgender service members because of the financial cost and disruption associated with transgender service", the retired generals and admirals wrote. "This amounts to one one-hundredth of one percent of the military's annual health care budget". "As for ostensible disruptions, transgender troops have been serving honorably and openly for the past year, and have been widely praised by commanders".

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