The Pentagon has a long and storied history of flushing away money — including those infamous $640 toilet seats. Now we know more about the price tag of their relatively new interest in trans issues.
In an age of ‘sequestration’ with Dems eagerly throwing billions and billions at every line item except our military budget, any new expense added to the budget is part of a zero-sum set of tradeoffs.
With the military’s recent shift in priorities with respect to trans issues that wouldn’t have even pinged on the cultural radar back when Americans were wrestling with questions about same sex marriage, it raises the issue of what price tag we are paying for these priorities.
Well, we now have a breakdown on the numbers for how much has been spent in recent years. It’s probably more than you may expect.
Of the 243 gender reassignment surgeries performed on military personnel since 2016, 50 took place between Jan. 1, 2016 and Dec. 31, 2017, and 193 occurred from Jan. 1, 2018 to Dec. 31, 2019 — the two years after President Donald Trump announced via Twitter that he would bar transgender individuals from serving in the U.S. military.
According to the Defense Health Agency, the surgeries were performed in military health facilities and included removal of breasts or testicles, hysterectomies and labiaplasty — creation of or reshaping the flesh around a vagina. — Military
That’s an interesting number considering there is still some dispute about both whether such surgery is medically proscribed, and whether it should be classified as elective or necessary treatment. Some of those concerns were addressed here: Biden Appointee Promises Uncle Sam Will Pick Up The Tab For Military Gender Surgery — Here’s the 411
Trump announced via tweet in July 2017 that planned to ban transgender people from serving in the U.S. military, saying he consulted with military leaders and military experts before deciding that DoD did not need to be “burdened with the tremendous medical costs and disruption that transgender in the military would entail.” — Military
Those taking up this issue sometimes forget that participation in the military is not automatic. There are entry requirements and assessments made for would-be applicants. These assessments are include both physical and psychological components, as described in this article: 20 Health Conditions That May Not Allow You To Join The Military
The whole rationale behind military recruiting is that adding any one person to the armed forces provides a net benefit in terms of battle readiness, not a net loss.
Was Trump right to express these concerns, or was Biden right to reverse him? Before you give your answer, here is a little more of the relevant data.
According to DoD, the department spent $11,582,262.99 on psychotherapy for service members with gender dysphoria from Jan. 1, 2016 through May 14, 2021. Within DoD, 637 service members received hormone therapy during the same time frame, at a cost of $340,000, and 243 surgeries were performed at a cost of $3.1 million.
The Pentagon’s annual medical budget for health care programs in 2016 was $33.5 billion; the proposed fiscal 2022 budget calls for $35.6 billion in discretionary spending for health care.– Military
What do you think? Is this a correct use of our military’s dollars, health care or otherwise? Let us know in the comments.
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