US military spends five times as much on Viagra as it would for transgender troops' health care
The US military is said to spend roughly $41.6m (£31.7) annually on Viagra alone – roughly five times the amount it would reportedly spend on transition-related medical care for transgender service members.
It is estimated that transition-related medical treatment for transgender service members would cost the military between $2.4m and $8.4m annually, according to a Defense Department-commissioned study published last year by the Rand Corp.
In comparison, total military spending on erectile dysfunction medicines amounts to $84m annually, an analysis by the Military Times says, about 10 times the estimated spending on transition-related medical care.
Currently, more than 2,500 transgender people are actively serving in the US military.
[Trump’s] move ends an Obama-era policy allowing current transgender service members to serve openly, receive medical care, and change their gender identity in the Pentagon’s personnel system.