The cost of a ban on transgender people serving in the U.S. army

Medical cost for transgender troops

As of last year, there's an estimated 1,320 to 6,630 military members who identify as transgender of the 1.3 million serving our military. 

A study carried out by the Rand Corporation specifically carried out for the Department of Defense's use-- found that an estimated less than .1 percent of transgender troops will actually request or require any sort of treatment.

Being transgender is not actually a disorder in itself, according to the American Psychiatric Association. The medical condition associated with being transgender is actually called gender dysphoria.

APA Definition: 
Gender dysphoria occurs when there is a persistent sense of mismatch between one's experienced gender and assigned gender.

And only those suffering from gender dysphoria which has symptoms including anxiety and depression--will need to seek treatment.

Those who are accepted for treatment by both the military and medical professionals would then receive treatment which involves either hormone therapy or in some cases, a gender reassignment surgery.

People who receive treatment would account for an extra .04-.013 percent of the billion dollars budgeted for defense department healthcare, according to the Rand Corporations numbers. 

They estimate that 4.2 million to 5.6 million of the 47.8 billion annual health care budget would go toward gender dysphoria related treatments. 

It is worth noting though that all numbers of active transgender military servants are going to be estimates, because not everyone chooses to disclose this information.

But according to U.S. Veterans Affairs there are currently 5,000 veterans who identify as transgender and receive their healthcare through the VA.

We were not alone in allowing transgender soldiers to serve openly, either. Transgender troops can serve openly in at least 18 other countries including Australia and Britain. 

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