I know this might hurt a lot of feelings, but the mission of the military is to provide for the defense of this nation, not perform gender transformation surgeries at taxpayer costs.
Making transsexualism surgery, a service-connected benefit was the goal all along for the left, to further cripple the military.
Note that wannabe transgenders queue up any time they think they can get someone else to shell out the hundreds of thousands of dollars for “reassignment” procedures. If they can get this for free, they would sign up for military service with the quickness.
And, this stuff is not a minor operation like a tonsillectomy. It’s major, radical, complex surgery. It takes a long time. If a hypothetical private enlisted signs up for a four-year stint and decides immediately after boot camp that he wants a sex change, he will spend virtually all of his enlistment in a non-deployable condition.
The LBGT community figured out how to get the public to pay for their cosmetic care and we can’t even get Obamacare repealed.
Source: Free Beacon
The 2014 Williams Institute study found there were 15,500 transgender individuals actively serving, or 0.7 percent of the military population. By adjusting the figure for the enlistment numbers of 2,130,000, there are currently 14,910 transgender service members.
Thirty percent will likely seek surgeries, or 4,473 transgender troops. The average cost per surgery is $132,000, which is a combination of the average cost of male to female ($140,450) and female to male ($124,400) surgeries.
The cost to taxpayers for these surgeries would be $590 million, and $770 million with a 3 percent inflation rate by 2027.
Hartzler’s office calculated the additional costs of surgeries for new transgender recruits every year.
There are 178,000 new military members per year, and assuming 0.7 percent are transgender, 1,246 new transgender service members each year. Assuming 30 percent get surgeries, there would be an additional 374 surgical transitions per year, or 3,740 over 10 years. Those surgeries would cost $493 million, and with 3 percent inflation a total of $579 million by 2027.
The costs of active duty transgender surgeries and those of new recruits over a 10-year period total $1.349 billion.
If the military provides the genital mutilation in the first place, then any adverse consequences would have to be considered “service-connected disabilities,” just like depression or PTSD.
That means that the taxpayers in many, perhaps most, cases, would end up on the hook for disability compensation payments to these people. If the servicemember is discharged at age 25 and lives to age 70, that means about 45 years of disability compensation payments to each one, at a cost up to about $3,000 per month.
That’s a pretty steep price to gratify the Democrats’ impulse to pander to every form of perversion and hedonism.