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Military Ban

When I discuss issues or write about them, I always try to understand both sides. I might (and normally do) gravitate towards one side over another, but I'm always interested in seeing what the benefits are of the other side. Something that rarely happens though is that I can find no benefit. Well, it happened when I heard about Trump's trans-ban from the military.

In case you haven't heard, Donald Trump, my country's wonderful and oh-so-brilliant President has decided to ban all transgender individuals from military service starting in March of next year. Why, you might ask? Well... we're not really sure. Supposedly it's because the costs of soldiers transitioning is too high, but if that's the case then why have recent studies suggested this ban would have minimal impact on healthcare costs?

Another reason sited is that it "erodes military readiness and unit cohesion". Perhaps that's just an American thing though, since research into other countries which allow transgender people into the military has found that is has little or no impact on unit cohesion, operational effectiveness or readiness.

The fact is that serving in your country's military is an honor, one which Donald Trump has done in no way, shape, or form. He decided, while giving his own defense secretary only a day's notice about his decision, that transgender people just need to be out. So... now they're out.

Staff Sergeant Cathrine (“Katie”) Schmid, a hard-working and dedicated member of the U.S. Army who's served for over a decade? She's out.

Ryan Karnoski, a 22-year old man whose wish is to become an officer doing social work for the military? He's out.

Drew Layne, a 17-year old high school student who was just turning in his forms to join the Air Force? He's out.

Luckily, these soldiers are fighters and they're not taking this ban without going to war over it. They've filed a suit over Trump's new ban and hope to get it overturned as soon as possible. To them I say good luck and fight on! I for one hope this whole thing gets dealt with fast. It's about time we got back to fighting terrorism and hate, not bathroom rights and whether or not a perfectly-abled person can join the military...