I'm a little befuddled at your interpretation. Seems that because I'm not flag waving for people who already have a hard time finding their place in normal society to join the military, I must be (trans)phobic or backwards. You keep telling me my point is clear, yet miss it.
No, I didn't at any point say platoon politics override military policy (what). What I'm telling you is that consciously and unconsciously much of military life is (historically) designed to foster group identity and groupthink in new platoons/teams. It is in many ways an uncompromising and intolerant process & result. If or when succesful this also affects the individuals who immersed themselves in their new military identity. People who can't 'get with the program' or are significantly different will probably find themselves subtly or unsubtly bullied by the others. Your race example is an interesting one, as now in 2020 I hear plenty anecdotes of officers in the Bundeswehr showing various degrees of intolerance towards cliques of Turkish/Arab people within the platoons, mostly for not assimilating totally in the rest of the team.
The identity formation process breeds a mindset of intolerance. Of course perhaps decades ago it was mandated that militaries must accept people of all backgrounds, in practice it seems to struggle quite a bit. I'm imagining a trans person in that environment and consider that it might be difficult to be outwardly trans. As you yourself stated, you wouldn't advise someone to transition while in the service. Well, that's part of the issue then no?
Again, I believe they should be free to join if they wish but people need to be realistic about what life might be like inside for trans individuals. To add on, if we want the military at large and the individuals within it to better reflect and exemplify the morals and norms in law and policy, we might want to fundamentally change that institution in many ways. I do not see its current way of doing things, which is historically rooted in it being a vehicle for nationalism, as very capable of being diverse and accepting. From the uniform to the traditions & training, the whole thing might need reform.
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