Transgender military personnel in limbo over Trump plan

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  • HSTucker Salt Lake City, UT
    Jan. 29, 2019 10:10 a.m.

    @NoNames: "The high incidence of mental health problems among transgenders--both pre- and post-transition--warrants an extra level of scrutiny."

    Thank you. You're apparently the only commenter permitted to discuss this truth. You might want to take a victory lap for getting it published. Care to go a little further and point out just how high the incidence of mental health problems is, in comparison to the general public?

  • NoNamesAccepted St. George, UT
    Jan. 26, 2019 5:39 p.m.

    Anyone who is physically, emotionally, mentally, and otherwise fit for duty ought to be allowed to serve.

    And for physically demanding positions including combat, there should be a single physical standard rather than one standard for men and another for women. Loading 90 mm shells, carrying a fully loaded rucksack, or changing a flat tire on a deuce-and-a-half don't get any easier just because a woman is involved rather than a man.

    Those who serve are entitled to some bare minimum standards of respect, decency, and sexual privacy. No woman should be required to shower or bunk with a man or with anyone whose anatomy looks like a man. Ditto for men and women.

    Taxpayers should not be expected to pick up expensive, elective, cosmetic surgery or hormonal therapies for those in transition. Anyone needing daily medications of any kind is, by definition, unfit for combat service.

    The high incidence of mental health problems among transgenders--both pre- and post-transition--warrants an extra level of scrutiny.

    Anyone fully fit ought to be allowed to serve. Anyone not fully fit, has no business demanding to serve. The military is not a social experiment. It is deadly serious.