Military Service Is A Privilege That Transgender People Aren’t Qualified For

Military service is a privilege, not a right. And the military has an obligation only to admit and retain soldiers who make it more effective at fighting wars.

After President Trump tweeted out his intent to return the military’s transgender policies to their pre-June 2016 form, a common refrain has erupted among those who disagree with the decision: “everyone who is qualified to serve should be allowed to serve.” This might be the only thing that both sides actually agree upon. Nobody disputes the idea that all qualified volunteers should be allowed to serve their country if they choose to do so. What we actually disagree about is the definition of “qualified.”

The transgender policy simply enforces the military’s uniform combat readiness standards that apply to all servicemen and women.