Robin Patty, a former special forces operator who is transgender, joined Friday’s “The Morning Blaze with Doc Thompson” to talk about her perspective on transgender troops and explain why there isn’t a cut-and-dried solution to the problems they face.
“One of the big things for me is unit cohesion,” Patty said, explaining that combat troops and special forces rely on being a “very, very tight-knit unit.” She described herself as a “post-op male to female transsexual” for background, adding that she had retired from the military after a parachute jump left her a paraplegic.
There isn’t one easy solution, and you can’t simply say every transgender person can serve in the military because people face severe physical issues while going through transitioning and gender reassignment surgery.
“It’s just not that easy,” Patty said, explaining that “transitioning requires consistent therapy … a year or more before,” plus recovery time if the person goes through surgery.
Her idea was to limit all transgender people to non-combat roles as an intermediary compromise, rather than opening up every military role at once.