Thomas W. Spoehr

A retired lieutenant general of the U.S. Army, Thomas W. Spoehr is director of The Heritage Foundation’s Center for National Security. Readers may write him at Heritage Foundation, 214 Massachusetts Ave NE, Washington, DC 20002

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Mental and physical risks must disqualify transgenders from military service

Aug 6, 2017 — Thomas W. Spoehr

WASHINGTON, D.C. — All who desire to serve their country in uniform are to be commended.  That includes transgender individuals.  Too few Americans wish to serve. 

Of course, not all people willing to serve are able to do so.  Today, only 25 percent of U.S. citizens aged 17-24 meet military entrance criteria. The most common disqualifications are physical fitness issues, including obesity, medical issues, lack of high school education or criminal records.