As a retired member of the military, I can attest to the fact the the sign describing denying transgenderism in the military as “bigotry” is flat out wrong. It’s about safety of the individual and the unit, readiness, and successful accomplishment of the mission.
The military is not subject to many of the “right of employment” laws that exist in the U.S. Commanders have wide latitude, with few restrictions, on setting standards for acceptance into and continued service with the U.S. Armed Forces. Pretty much any aspect about a human being that a commander believes will cause a reduction in the unit’s readiness is subject to being addressed, and if the issue cannot be resolved, the individual is subject to being reassigned. If the problem is severe enough, the individual is, within the limits imposed by the UCMJ, subject to discharge.
The crux of this issue is NOT whether or not transgenders can perform the same functions as well as others. Of course they can.
The issue IS whether or not including transgenders, with their mildly expensive HRT and seriously expensive SRS medical issues, their psychological and emotional issues, and the degree to which the enemy may exploit it, along with issues of unit safety and readiness, along with overall mission accomplishment, is preferable to hiring someone of comparable qualifications who has no such baggage.
Courts throughout our land, up to and including the U.S. Supreme Court, have routinely and consistently upheld the military’s right to reject anyone for any medical, psychological, or physical condition the military itself deems contrary to mission readiness. Most recently, the courts have upheld both basic and special physical fitness standards (SEALs, Rangers) which must be passed and maintained before someone, regardless of sex, is allow in. People with nearly any psychological or emotional issue are routinely denied entry into military service, not only because of what military service requires of them, but also because of what military service could DO TO them, as well as what the risk of substandard performance could risk to life, limb, and welfare of others in the military.
The list of disqualifying conditions is long, and for good reason: Such conditions run counter to the safety and effectiveness of the individual, the unit, and the successful accomplishment of the mission as a whole.