I’ve been seeing it all over the place; “Progressives” objecting to President Trump’s new policy on transgender servicepeople by claiming that there is a veritable swarm of transgender servicepeople. One study that ban opponents are bruiting about, from UCLA (or, rather, from a GLBT group whose data a UCLA GLBT-law focus group accepted – claims that there are as many as 15,500 transgendered people in the armed forces today.
Let’s think about that for a moment. 15,000 people out of 2.2 million – the number of currently-serving people in the military – comes out to roughly 7/10 of a percent, or 7 out of every 1,000 – roughly one out of every 140- people.
That means in every Army and Marine rifle company, there’s a transgendered, er, rifleperson.
In every flying squadron in the Air Force, Navy and Marines, that’s a couple of transgender people.
That’s 3-4 on every SEAL team, 2-3 in every Ranger battalion, and 12-15 in every US Special Forces (“Green Beret”) group.
That’s one on every submarine, and one or two on every Arleigh Burke-class destroyer, and 35 on every aircraft carrier.
That’s about 160 at the Pentagon – and right around 1,500 at Fort Bragg, Fort Campbell, Fort Hood and Fort Lewis – each.
It’s a rate of transgender dysphoria that means that there are fully a quarter as many transgender people as there are gays.
I dunno. It seems like…an overestimate.