Should Transgender be Ban in the Military?

On January 22, the Supreme Court granted President Trump’s administration request to ban transgender individuals from joining the military.

He first mentioned the policy in a series of tweets he sent out back in 2017, taking his defense attorney and the military chiefs by surprise.

Trump later on tweeted that the ban is not bias against the transgender individuals and that was only for financial reasons.

“Our military must be focused on decisive and overwhelming victory and cannot be burdened with the tremendous medical costs and disruption that transgender in the military would entail,” Trump said in a tweet.

He later declared that the transgender individuals (stated to be diagnosed with gender dysphoria) would still be allowed to serve if they go with their original sex they were born with.

“Trans [people] can do whatever they want to do,” sophomore William Taylor said. “And they shouldn’t have to be diagnosed in order to serve in the military.”

Even though there are over 8,980 service members who identify as transgender, only 937 active service members have been diagnosed with gender dysphoria.

“I feel like taking away a person’s gender preference is not right, especially if they are being made to either serve or change their gender,” junior Camila Rosales said.

However, some people do believe that the ban is good for the military in order keep everything balanced.

“Transgender people being banned from joining the military saves a lot of conflict and controversy related mistreatment and lack of focus,” sophomore Victoria Smith said.