Some folks may label me a bigoted, anti-everything, but I happen to agree with the president’s order to exclude transgender people from service in the United States military.

     Notice I did not say Lesbians, Gays, or bisexuals, and neither did the president. Transgender represents the “T” in the now-famous acronym, LGBTQ. Critics might broad brush supporters of the president’s order as anti-gay or anti-lesbian, which is simply untrue. Gays and lesbians have been serving honorably in the armed forces for years. But the big “T” is a whole other dimension. So, let’s dispense with false labels.

     The military must operate as efficiently as possible. It does not exist to be a politically correct entity to include each and every American no matter the differences. There are standards, rightly so. The Army has a minimum requirement for applicants to pass aptitude tests. Those who fail are not accepted. Is the U.S. Army bigoted against intellectually-challenged people? People are excluded from military service for various reasons, such as age, education, medical/mental health and physical restrictions. Perhaps we should drop all of that because it discriminates?

     Transgender folks pose a unique problem to military forces, which most people are unaware. Intellectual author, Dr. Ryan T. Anderson from the Heritage Foundation, and author of numerous volumes on this issue, points out:

  1. There are increased risks of suicide or mental health. The Williams Institute of Law at UCLA reports that 41 percent of transgender people will attempt suicide in their lifetime, compared to 4.6 percent of the U.S. population. And people who have transition surgery are 19 times more likely than average to die by suicide.

     Such statistics indicate that the transgender community is more prone toward psychological issues than the average. That can cause more problems for the military than it solves.

  1. A recent study by the Rand Corporation estimates at least 2,500 transgender personnel are currently on active military duty. A sizeable percentage of those will undergo transition-related health care issues paid for by the taxpayer. It’s estimated would be somewhere between $2.4 and $8.4 million dollars a year. This includes hormone treatment, surgery and follow-ups, all of which are not unforeseen health issues.

     Changing one’s sex is an elective procedure, not a health necessity requiring critical treatment. Therefore, Americans are justified to balk at such expenditures. It might also be a primary motive for transgenders joining the military, as the medical costs are borne by the taxpayer.

  1. So-called “bathroom bills” allow transgender personnel to use whatever bathroom they prefer according to how they identify by gender. This includes toilets, urinals and showers. I doubt that sets well with the 99.4 percent of the adult population that is not transgender. (Roughly 0.6 percent of adults identify as transgender, Williams Institute, June 2016)

     I seriously doubt that men and/or women in the military feel very comfortable in showers where someone of the opposite sex is present. Regardless of how a transgender “feels,” if someone is born with male genitals and a prostate, he’s a male. If someone has female genitals and a uterus, she’s a female. That’s fact.

     I understand the argument about “identifying” or “feeling” like another sex. But the other 99.4 percent of adults have feelings too.

  1. It is only proper that the conscience rights and religious liberty of military doctors, chaplains, commanding officers and most importantly, non-transgender fellow service members should be respected and given priority in such a lopsided issue.    

     It’s not the job of the military to placate individuals. Their job is to win wars and keep the peace.

     The military is no place to experiment with political correctness to satisfy a miniscule minority for political purposes, when it’s truly unnecessary. President Trump will surely be subjected to enormous criticism, particularly from the left, but he’s used to it. This issue is destined to generate a Supreme Court decision down the road.

     It should never have been an issue to start with.

     Walt Heyer is an author/columnist who underwent transgender procedures.  He supports the president’s reasoning in this issue and explains why. Please read:

     Click here: I Was Once Transgender. Why I Think Trump Made the Right Decision for the Military.

     More articles by Walt Heyer:

     Click here: Walt Heyer, Author at The Daily Signal


  1. Charles Pierce August 28, 2017 at 10:08 am #

    I understand but can not confirm that some of the medication that Transgendered personnel have to take renders them non-deployable. If true, why do transgendered people need to be in the military?

  2. Tina (Lil Sis) August 28, 2017 at 10:23 am #

    A crazy world we live in. Love your articles.

  3. Andrew August 28, 2017 at 12:13 pm #

    Nicely said! Thanks, Marshall!

  4. Ron Fischer August 28, 2017 at 1:51 pm #

    I share your thoughts on this matter completely. Great summary Marshall.

  5. Bill Eades August 28, 2017 at 5:56 pm #

    Great summary and I completely agree on all points concerning this matter.

  6. Adamsalan August 29, 2017 at 2:43 pm #

    As a Vietnam veteran I agree with you captain. I believe the U.S. military has only 2 things to accomplish…to kill and to destroy things. It’s that simple, that’s their job.
    I wonder how may military veterans of war disagree with Trump.

  7. Dr. Ray August 29, 2017 at 6:36 pm #


    The first thing that occurred to me, was what I’ve heard of the high rate of suicide among trnansgendered individuals, as noted in your prologue. To preface what I am about to say, I am a practicing clinical and forensic psychologist, with decades of experience, though this area of transgenderism is not my area of expertise. That being said, I don’t know how any medical professional could ethically participate in the alteration of an individual’s genitals, prescribing of hormonal treatment, etc. Sorry, but I believe that switching genders is a form of psychopathology, which in part, accounts for the high suicide rate among such individuals, but it seems to be a sign of the times with all the other craziness that seems to be acceptable these days. From a personal stand-point, I also do not believe that the government should be responsible for paying the cost of transgender surgery and treatment, having said all of the above.

  8. Jan Siren August 31, 2017 at 11:02 am #

    It’s just as well that we don’t have a military draft anymore, because lacking such a draft, all this discussion seems like a tempest in a teapot.

    I held a draft card until I “aged out-” was never called to serve. If trans-gender surgery had existed back then – and might have been seen as a way to avoid the draft – I wonder how many young men would have considered that option? There was a war on then.