The Upside-Down Financial Logic of the Transgender Ban

by Palm Center | April 21, 2019

One interesting piece of information in this report is that the Army plans to hand out new dandy uniforms only after completion of basic training and initial specialty training. Why? Because during that period—measured in months—15% of enlistees drop out.  (On average, approximately one-third of enlistees fail to complete their initial term.)  But by all means, at a time when the military is spending hundreds of millions of dollars on recruiting bonuses, let’s turn away transgender people, and let’s aggravate fully fit and capable young non-trans people who think the ban is ridiculous.