Pentagon, i.e., taxpayers, spent $8M on ‘transgender’ troops

In March 2016, the American College of Pediatricians, a not-for-profit national organization of pediatricians and other healthcare professionals, issued a statement on the new fad of transgenderism:

The American College of Pediatricians urges educators and legislators to reject all policies that condition children to accept as normal a life of chemical and surgical impersonation of the opposite sex. Facts – not ideology – determine reality….

The norm for human design is to be conceived either male or female. Human sexuality is binary by design with the obvious purpose being the reproduction and flourishing of our species….

No one is born with a gender. Everyone is born with a biological sex. Gender (an awareness and sense of oneself as male or female) is a sociological and psychological concept; not an objective biological one. No one is born with an awareness of themselves as male or female; this awareness develops over time and, like all developmental processes, may be derailed by a child’s subjective perceptions, relationships, and adverse experiences from infancy forward. People who identify as “feeling like the opposite sex” or “somewhere in between” do not comprise a third sex. They remain biological men or biological women.

A person’s belief that he or she is something they are not is, at best, a sign of confused thinking. When an otherwise healthy biological boy believes he is a girl, or an otherwise healthy biological girl believes she is a boy, an objective psychological problem exists that lies in the mind not the body, and it should be treated as such. These children suffer from gender dysphoria.

Under Obama, however, so-called “transgenders” were allowed into the U.S. military.

In July 2017, President Trump tweeted that he wanted to ban them from the military. In January 2019, the Supreme Court ruled that a modified ban could take effect while lower court challenges continue. Democrats, including House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, have blasted the Pentagon policy as bigoted. She invited transgender troops to Trump’s 2019 State of the Union address.

The American Medical Association, American Psychiatric Association and American Psychological Association oppose the Pentagon’s ban, claiming that there is no medically valid reason to exclude those with the diagnosis of gender dysphoria from military service.

According to data obtained by USA Today, since 2016 through February 1, 2019, the Pentagon, i.e., U.S. taxpayers, has spent nearly $8 million ($7,943,906.75) to treat more than 1,500 “transgender” troops, including:

  • $5.8 million on 22,992 psychotherapy visits.
  • 9,321 prescriptions for hormone “therapy”.
  • More than $2 million on 161 surgical procedures that included 103 breast reductions or mastectomies, 37 hysterectomies, 17 “male reproductive” procedures, and 4 breast augmentations.

The Pentagon’s budget this year is $716 billion.

Data on the population of transgender troops have been closely held at the Pentagon. The number of transgender troops serving who have not sought treatment through the military is not known. Below are estimates of the number of identified “transgenders” (gender dysphoria) in the U.S. military:

  • The most definitive estimates of the population of transgender troops have come from a Defense Department-commissioned report by the RAND Corporation conducted in 2016, when the Obama administration lifted the existing ban on service for transgender troops and allowed them to seek treatment. The report estimated as many as several thousand among the 1.3 million service members on active duty in the Air Force, Army, Marine Corps and Navy.
  • The data obtained by USA Today are more up-to-date. As of Feb. 1, 2019, 1,524 service members have been diagnosed with gender dysphoria in the Army (500), Navy (442), Air Force (354), Marine Corps (101), Coast Guard (33) and Public Health Service on active duty and in the reserve force (90). Most of them are senior enlisted personnel, but there are 20 senior officers – majors and lieutenant commanders and higher – as well.

Brad Carson, former undersecretary of the Army and one of the architects of Obama’s transgenders-in-the-military policy who is now a professor of public policy at the University of Virginia, said that the number of transgender troops is smaller than anticipated, which indicates that recruits are not joining the military to receive transgender “medical” treatment. Carson airily dismisses the cost of treating transgender troops as minimal, considering the Pentagon spends about $50 billion per year on health care. He said:

“A few million spent here is dwarfed by the treatment cost of virtually any ache and pain you can think of,”

The current Pentagon policy on transgenders is confusing. Air Force Lt. Col. Carla Gleason, a Pentagon spokeswoman, said:

“We need every qualified patriot willing to serve in our armed forces. The 2018 update to the 2016 policy is not a ban on transgender service members; it is a policy on gender dysphoria. Any currently serving transgender service member with a diagnosis of gender dysphoria will remain under the 2016 policy. Any new policy will not apply to those individuals.”

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Alma

Because of the radical liberal left I am “MADE” to pay for all I oppose. I don’t like lesbians and queers, I’m against abortion, I’m against the government dictating what to do, I oppose illegals and God forbid if I ever need assistance, I’d be arrested and my ass will sit in jail for defrauding the government.

Jackie Puppet
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“chemical and surgical impersonation of the opposite sex. Facts – not ideology – determine reality….”

Kudos to the ACP for a concise definition of transgenderism, and for saying in so many words that it is indeed a mental illness.

Jackie Puppet
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Jackie Puppet

“the number of transgender troops is smaller than anticipated, which indicates that recruits are not joining the military to receive transgender “medical” treatment.” Why would that be a reason for joining the military, unless you want to treat it as a “freebie”? Many people join for reasons such as saving for a college degree, or learn a trade they want to get into, in addition for serving their country. I never knew of anybody who joined for the elective surgery. The small number also confirms that it’s a far fewer number of people who are shemales, and that they’ll never… Read more »

MyBrainHurts
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So, let me see if I’m understanding this correctly. You have various medical associations admitting that this gender dysphoria is a form of mental delusional illness. Yet some of these same medical associations, the military and some members of congress think it’s perfectly ok for these same mentally ill people to serve in the military and take full responsibility for the defense of our country.
Did I get that right?
Ok. Gotcha.

Auntie Lulu
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MyBrainHurts . . . Thank you for picking up on that very fact. I was blown away to read, “there are 20 senior officers–majors and lieutenant commanders–and higher . . .” Now if that doesn’t just strike terror in your heart. We have military leaders who are personally experiencing major mental illness issues, and they are commanding our troops. I honestly believe that under Obama’s watch, this was instituted in order to weaken our defenses. This was not a program that offered any benefit to the American taxpayer. Dr Eowyn . . . thank you for bringing to us such… Read more »

Lophatt
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Lophatt

Excellent article, you’ve outdone yourself. Can this be any clearer? Medical experts are cautioning against this “fad” as it is based on science fiction. Psychological concerns (including psychiatrists [MD’s]) are insistent on considering this “normal”. First, it is NOT “normal”. If you had someone with a fetish for torturing animals would you encourage them? The “cause” of the condition is clear from the article. It is this dissonance that has been encouraged and promoted by leftist forces in order to weaken the society. Conflating biology with psychology or attempting to establish “gender” as meaningful and biology as insignificant is insane… Read more »

m.
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m.

trans-its can pay for & pimp their cause on their dime & time

TrailDust
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Georgia, New Mexico and California lead the pack in trying to suck us down the drain. The shock for me is Georgia. What don’t we know about that state?

Lophatt
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I don’t get that either, but it appears to be true. Texas is starting to swing that way too. The population’s minds don’t change that quickly. When we see that we should suspect voter fraud and/or gerrymandering. I also like to remind people that when referring to a state, or a country, the WHOLE thing doesn’t think one way or another. When some commentator says “today the U.S. blah, blah,….”, no, THE U.S. (in total agreement) didn’t do anything. Also, to the extent that a vote was held and was legitimately conducted we should respect it. If it wasn’t it… Read more »

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How do you suppose these Transgender troops will react in a a state of war? A) “Blow” the hell out of the enemy? B) Find a fox hole and cry? C) Look for a buddy bench to get a hug? D) Try to find a safe room? Or, E) just give the enemy a good licking? I don’t know, maybe I’m just being to hard on them. Maybe some of them might be good soldiers. Don’t know if I’d want them to back me up though.