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US Military Trans Ban might end by May 2016

US Military Trans Ban

The military in an August 19th memo obtained by USA Today  discloses it is aiming to completely end the discharge of openly transgender troops by May and set up procedures to assist in their transition.

The proposed plan would allow troops who need to transition a ‘sabbatical’ then on return to duty they would be able to integrate effectively back into their job.

The elephant in the memo.

If the military begins to recognize transsexualism as a medically treatable condition, will they also fund HRT and SRS?

And of course, there’s the right wing…

The Palm Springs Center in California estimated the total number of trans troops at 12,000 and of those 188 who would transition if given the opportunity for an estimated cost of 5.6 million dollars.

1.4 million active duty estimate does not take in account the 1.1 million reserve troops. Source: Global fire

The percentage of transgender people has been regularly pegged at 2% which would double the estimate by the Palm Center. That being said the number of young people in the military ready to transition might be far lower than that of the general population which is to say the Palm Centers estimate might be accurate.

Kelli Busey
Kelli, Busey is managing editor at Planet Transgender


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