- 1. In 2011, the US lifted the “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell”
policy, which restricted gay, lesbian, and bisexuals from openly serving
in the military. For the first time in American history, people of every
sexual orientation could serve openly and proudly.
- Under “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell,” between 1993 and 2011,
over 14,000 military men and women were discharged due to their sexual
preference. Each discharge cost the US roughly $50,000.
- There have been 150,000 people who are transgender who
have served in the US armed forces.
- People who are transgender are not issued the same
freedom gay, lesbian, and bisexual service members are because of
discriminatory medical regulations that label them as mentally unstable.
- In 2010, roughly 19,000 sexual
assaults occurred in the military, and a little less than 14% of these
were reported by survivors.
- MST (Military Sexual Trauma) is
the leading cause of PTSD (Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder) in women, while
combat trauma is the leading cause for men.
- Mental health issues like depression and stress that
occur after sexual harassment make veterans highly subject to substance
abuse and unemployment.
- Only 3% of white officers report racial discrimination
in the military, compared to 27% of both black and Hispanic officers.
- 22% of white soldiers, 19% of Hispanic soldiers, and
24% of black soldiers report experiencing racial discrimination within
their current unit.
- Black people could serve in the military as early as
the 18th century, but it wasn’t until 1948 that the troops were racially
- Genetic discrimination is banned in most American
workplaces, but the military is allowed to discriminate based on
congenital or hereditary conditions.