How Many Transgender Soldiers Are There In The Military, Anyway? We Might Have An Answer

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Since the President’s announcement about banning transgender soldiers and personnel from the military, there’s been a huge question of what to do with the transgender population already serving. It begs the question, however; how many transgender people actually serve in the military?

There may be no good answer to that question, but the President’s recent tweets eventually provided some insight into a possible number.

The premise that the President used when making his decision had to do not only with the ability to serve, but the consideration of others around the transgenders, and also medical costs, all of which would apply to those already serving. This means that the military has to figure out what to do with them. Even though the President is the Commander in Chief of the military, there are those who are already making plans to not follow his orders, should he order them out. In doing so, they gave us a surprising number.

Via The Hill:

“The first thing we did is we reached out to all 13 members of the Coast Guard who have come out” as transgender, Zukunft told attendees at a Center for Strategic and International Studies event in Washington.

Trump last week declared on Twitter that the military would “not accept or allow” transgender people to serve “in any capacity.” The president said in the tweet that he had made the decision after consultation with “my Generals and military experts.”

Dunford has since said the current transgender policy will remain unchanged until the White House sends an official directive to the Pentagon. Such a directive has yet to be sent.

The Pentagon moved last year to lift the ban on transgender individuals serving in the military.

Following that June 2016 announcement, Zukunft released a statement supporting the decision along with then-Homeland Security Secretary Jeh Johnson.

“The U.S. Coast Guard has been involved in the Department of Defense’s extensive review of this issue, and will align its policies with the other military services,” they wrote. “All qualified people who wish to serve in our Nation’s military should have the opportunity to do so. Today’s announcement is another important step in that direction.”

This is a pretty ridiculous announcement, considering that they are bound to do what the President says, but also it’s so much fuss for so few people. Only 13 in the entire coast guard, and these people are saying that they’re going to defy the leader of the free world over it. That also begs the question as to why liberals say that there are 15,500 estimated transgenders currently serving.

It’s unclear where that 15k figure came from, but Politifact addressed this sketchy rumor, and here’s what they came up with

That study estimated that 15,500 transgender individuals were serving on active duty or in the Guard or Reserve forces.

“Data that allow for a direct tabulation of the number of transgender individuals who serve in the U.S. military simply do not exist,” the researchers wrote. “The estimates in this research brief rely on a variety of assumptions that could affect their accuracy.”

I’m going to be the first to tell you that I’m not a math whiz, however, I gathered a few numbers and did a few calculations you might be interested in.  According to some demographics of active duty military that I found, the coast guard makes up about 3% of the total military. That’s not much, but assuming that same percentage of transgender soldiers applies across all branches of service, we can make some projections.

If we can assume that the Coast Guard is a normal cross section of the military, we can take their “13 transgender soldiers” figure and divide that number by 3, and then multiply by 100.  That would give us an idea of how many transgenders might be in the military total. The answer is 433. Talk about much ado about nothing.

That’s less than 500 people that this nationwide liberal media frenzy is affecting. That’s a pretty big math discrepancy, however as the math problems in Washington go, I hear that 15,000 is within their margin of error. While this doesn’t technically fall into the “fake news” category since no one has claimed to have an exact number, it’s certainly a ridiculous over-estimation, and a futile attempt at deceit, at best.

(Source: The Hill,  Politifact)

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