Should transgender people be allowed to serve the armed forces?
Should transgender people be allowed in the military or will it cause too many problems?
It may require making some changes especially in attitudes but I doubt it will cause (many) problems.
This issue with (problems) was also used for resisting allowing blacks and other minorities, along with women to be considered for military duty.
The U.S. has never led when it comes to making changes like this. Eighteen countries currently allow transgender people to serve in their military. They are: Australia, Austria, Belgium, Bolivia, Canada, Czech Republic, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Israel, Netherlands, New Zealand, Norway, Spain, Sweden, and the United Kingdom.
I'm sure if they were able to pull it off so can we. Having said that it does not mean there will not be issues of discrimination among the rank and file.
A 2012 Pentagon survey found that approximately 26,000 women and men were sexually assaulted. Of those, only 3,374 cases were reported. In 2013, a new Pentagon report found that 5,061 troops reported cases of assault. The belief is people are becoming more comfortable with coming forward to report incidences.
I think you'll find they already do.
If they are willing to give their life for their country - who really cares what gender they were born as, or identify as.
HOWEVER, they are as entitled to respect as their cisgender comrades.
Being willing to give their life for their country should also mean that they are allowed to live their life as their authentic self. Nothing could be crueller than being willing to give your life for your country, but not being able to be the real you in that country.
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