It will cost the US military 114 times more to ban transgender soldiers than to keep them
President Trump claimed he is trying to do the military “a great favour” by banning out transgender people from serving.
Trump enraged LGBT activists when he announced a ban on transgender people serving in the US military.
The President claimed the military “cannot be burdened with the tremendous medical costs and disruption that transgender would entail” – but it now looks like that claim is a long way off the truth.
Experts now claim the cost of banning transgender soldiers will be far more than the cost of keeping them.
The Naval Postgraduate School in Monterey, California and the Palm Center estimate it would cost an incredible $960 million to enforce the ban on out trans soldiers.
That’s 114 times than the cost of allowing the trans service people to continue serving – which is estimated at $8.4m a year.
There are an estimated 15,500 openly trans people in the US military at present.
Experts estimate that it would cost $75,000 to recruit and train each replacement soldier.
Based on hiring 12,800 new soldiers – the figure they estimate that would be needed to continue function similarly – the total bill is almost a billion dollars.
The only factor that could cut the total is if trans people closet themselves to avoid being discharged.
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