Tuesday, 26 July 2016

Impact of Transgender Personnel on Readiness and Health Care Costs in the U.S. Military Likely to Be Small | RAND

If the U.S. military decides to let transgender people serve openly, the number would likely be a small fraction of the total force and have minimal impact on readiness and health care costs, according to a new RAND Corporation study.

The U.S. Department of Defense has been reviewing its policy on allowing transgender personnel to serve openly and receive gender transition-related treatment during military service. The Office of the Secretary of Defense asked RAND, a nonprofit research institution, to study the health care needs of this population, identify potential health care utilization and costs associated with extending health care coverage for transition-related treatments, assess the potential readiness impacts of allowing transgender service members to serve openly, and review the experiences of foreign militaries...

Read the press release in full here: Impact of Transgender Personnel on Readiness and Health Care Costs in the U.S. Military Likely to Be Small | RAND

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