US Military Blows Millions A Year on Viagra For Its Troops

041105-M-6237R-015 Al Asad, Iraq (Nov. 5, 2004) - A CH-53E Super Stallion helicopter, assigned to the "Sea Horses" of Marine Medium Helicopter Squadron Two Six Five (HMM-265), flies near the Iraqi/Syrian Border. The CH-53E transported Marines assigned to the 31st Marine Expeditionary Unit (MEU) to conduct a site survey of an Iraqi National Guard border fort. U.S. Marine Corps photo by Cpl. Christopher R. Rye (RELEASED)

This is hard to swallow.

The US military blows $41.6 million a year on Viagra for its troops about five times more than the estimated medical costs for transgender servicepeople, according to a new report.

Spending on the little blue pills is part of $84 million total the military plunks down annually for erectile dysfunction medicines, according to the Washington Post, which cited a 2015 report by the Military Times.

The eye-popping stats resurfaced Wednesday, the same day President Trump announced a ban on transgender people serving in the military because of “the tremendous medical costs and disruption that transgender in the military would entail.”

A study published last year by the Rand Corp. and commissioned by the Defense Department estimated that treatments for transgender troops would run the military between $2.4 million and $8.4 million annually, the Washington Post reported.

The higher estimate for transgender expenses is equal to less than a tenth of the price of a new F-35 fighter jet or a thousandth of 1 percent of the Defense Department’s annual budget, the Post pointed out.

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