President Donald Trump took to Twitter on Wednesday to announce his decision to ban all transgender Americans from serving in any capacity in the U.S. military, citing the “tremendous medical costs” associated with transgender service members as his rationale for barring them from serving their country.
But as Business Insider notes, the Pentagon “spends nearly five times more on Viagra than it does on providing medical services for transgender troops.”
A 2016 study by the Rand Corporation revealed that the maximum annual medical costs for transgender services would be around $8.4 million.
By comparison, the military spent $84 million on erectile dysfunction medications Viagra and Cialis in 2014, according to the Military Times.
“The money is negligible,” said Kristin Beck, a 20-year veteran of the Navy SEALs who is transgender. “You’re talking about .000001% of the military budget.”
Here’s a comparison of transgender services vs. other military programs:
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