Researchers found that transgender adults were 14 times more likely to think about suicide and 22 times more likely to attempt suicide than rates in the general population.
The analysis of the studies showed that on average, 55 percent of respondents thought about suicide and 29 percent had attempted suicide in their lifetimes. The numbers changed to 51 percent thought about suicide and 11 percent had attempted suicide in the past year.
I don't understand why this matters. Surely they should judge these people on an individual basis?
If a transgender person who has gone through the reassignment is fit enough to pass the training and mentally healthy enough to be cleared by a therapist then what is the problem?
The only problem then is that they aren't the same as everyone else which isn't judging them based on their merit, it's judging them based on the overall idea that their group is more mentally unstable and less physically capable which may very well be true on both counts but the group doesn't matter when we have the ability to judge individuals.
They can take away the ability for them to have the surgery done using the military budget, that makes complete sense to me and I don't actually know why they allowed that to happen in the first place.
That's like a teenager wanting to transition having the surgery done using the education budget.
I think the suicide numbers were just thrown in there for the overall article. Yeah, I can see why the suicide thoughts, attempts and actual deaths would be higher, seeing how they're arguably ridiculed more. Going to the topic of why it matters if they finish their training, I'm going to just assume that it's a matter of getting there in the first place. I don't remember the story off the top of my head, but it was either boxing or MMA, where a man transitioned into a female and was put against female opponents, where a lot of people were in an uproar because it was a man, who trained as a man, increased their muscle mass as a man, then had cosmetic surgery and changed their gender to be a female; all that training as a man, is now allowed to fight women. I think that type of idea kind of goes back here, where either as a "joke" or people actually have this thought process: join the military, and switch genders as you please to try and make your life easier. Someone correct me if I'm wrong, but I believe the women in training aren't worked as hard as the men. If men have to run something like 12 miles, women are running 8 or 10? So someone could want to be lazy and one day "oh I'm this gender" to make their time there easier. It's immature, yeah, but we all know there would be some asshole that does that. Sure that could be argued with anything "I have Asthma, I threw up on the way here" or any number of excuses, but I think playing a gender role is a little more out there than trying to fake an example I gave.
Then you could even throw in the argument t that some people are just so full of themselves that they'll try to demand you call them what they want to be called. Would that shit fly with a drill sergeant? Nah, but it's still wasting time getting in someone's face reminding them they're a soldier and their gender means as little as the sidewalk I walk on.
Overall, the decision seems to have been made on the medical costs, based off of Trumps tweets. People join the military, think they won't be deployed, slack off or put barely passing effort, just so they can use funds for their own cosmetic surgery. People will abuse that type of stuff, hell, people will abuse anything they can get something out of that would otherwise destroy their life financially. What I wrote above was just me assuming what it could have been. It literally could be just to save some money, instead of some hate mob in the military against them.