Retired militants spoke against the anti-trans ban

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56 retired military officials have spoken out against President Trump’s planned ban on transgender troops which he excused with too expensive medical service for trans people. The decision, which was allegedly made to appease anti-LGBT Republican lawmakers shocked those who are serving or used to serve in the American army, not only trans militants. Trump said the generals supported the ban although he haven’t discussed it with Pentagon. In a challenge to the leader, 56 retired Generals and Admirals spoke out on the issue a joint letter in which they called the ban disrupting and depriving the military, they are sure that it would affect both trans and cis officers. They are sure that people who want to serve should not be forced to keep their identity in secret to help the country. “President Trump seeks to ban transgender service members because of the financial cost and disruption associated with transgender military service. We respectfully disagree, and consider these claims to be without merit. The RAND Corporation, as well as research in the New England Journal of Medicine, found that the financial cost of providing health care to transgender troops would be, at most, $8.4 million per year. 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. Eighteen foreign nations, including the UK and Israel, allow transgender troops to serve, and none has reported any detriment to readiness,” the letter concludes.

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