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.
‘Transgender active-duty US military personnel report few lifetime mental and physical health problems. Therefore, they should be allowed to serve openly in the US 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.
Editor-in-Chief Robert Garofalo, Professor of Pediatrics and Preventive Medicine, Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine, and Director, Center for Gender, Sexuality and HIV Prevention, Ann & Robert H. Lurie Children's Hospital of Chicago, said, "This article by Brandon Hill and colleagues shines light on salient issues related to transgender active-duty military personnel. Their research adds to the growing consensus among researchers and practitioners of transgender health that transgender people should be allowed to serve openly in the US military."