Nothing more than a bunch of excuses. The answer to my question, just as I expected, is really nothing more than bigotry … homophobia … transphobia. To further deflate the argument is the fact that 19 countries DO allow transgender people in the military, including Australia, Austria, Belgium, Bolivia, Canada, Czech Republic, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Israel, Netherlands, New Zealand, Norway, Spain, Sweden and United Kingdom.
According to my research, it appears that another major reason for transphobia both within the military and society as a whole is that many unenlightened people still, in the 21st century, consider that being transgender is a mental illness. I think this is the sort of thinking that takes us back to the Dark Ages. And the broader question is … who’s next? Will Trump decide that women will not be allowed to serve? What about African-Americans? Hispanics? Or will he exclude Jews next?