President Donald Trump has claimed banning trans people from the US military would save on ‘tremendous medical costs’.
But it turns out the attempt to purge any person who has transitioned from its ranks would 114 times more expensive to do than just keeping them.
The Naval Postgraduate School in Monterey, California and the Palm center estimates it would cost $960 million to implement the ban on trans soldiers.
And for the medical costs, at most, for trans service members would be $8.4 million a year.
The report believes you would need to spend nearly a billion to replace all trans people currently in the military, estimating a cost of $75,000 to recruit and trans someone. This would be based on 12,800 people, so this is downsizing from the current 15,500 trans members of the US military.
The cost may be lower as not all transgender people will likely to be ‘found’ and discharged.
But the cost to discharge a transgender service member will get extremely expensive, with investigators and lawyers being forced to work on thousands of cases.
And presumably, there is nothing to stop a trans person signing up to serve, getting recruited and trained, and then getting discharged.
Did North Korea’s threats stop Trump’s trans US military ban?
Pentagon sources have stated the threat of nuclear war with North Korea has reportedly got the White House to put a hold on the policy on open transgender service in the military.
Meanwhile, GLAD and the National Center for Lesbian Rights filed a lawsuit seeking an injunction against Trump’s directive to reinstate a ban.
‘President Trump is needlessly attacking courageous transgender service members who put their lives on the line for our country,’ GLAD and NCLR said.
‘Trump’s efforts to reinstate the ban are already harming service members, who have been blindsided and are scrambling to deal with what this means for their families and their futures—including the loss of job security, retirement benefits, healthcare, and other serious harms.’