The current U.S. military policy excludes transgender persons from enlisting in the military or discharging them based on the presumption that they are unfit to serve due to their mental or physical health. However, a new study has revealed that transgender active-duty U.S. military personnel report few lifetime mental and physical health problems. The study is published in Transgender Health.
The article 'Fit to Serve? Exploring Mental and Physical Health and Well-Being Among Transgender Active-Duty Service Members and Veterans in the U.S. Military', presents data exploring lifetime mental and physical problems such as depression, anxiety, and substance abuse among active-duty service members and veterans in the U.S. military.
The research team concluded that the few mental and physical health problems reported by transgender active duty military personnel do not support the practice of barring them from open service. In fact, mental and physical problems were associated with age and years of military service.