Jun 30, 2016

By Michael Kramer

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The Pentagon has announced an historic move.
The United States Department of Defense will allow transgender Americans to serve openly in the U.S. military – ending one of the last bans on service in the armed forces.

In announcing the move, U.S. Defence Secretary Ash Carter said it’s the right thing to do – and only a person’s qualifications should matter – and  there should be no other unrelated barriers to service.

The removal of the ban comes despite concerns from senior military leaders that the department is moving too fast – and that more time will be needed to work through the changes.

The new regime will be phased in over a year. But by October 1st,  transgender troops should be able to get medical care – and begin formally changing their gender identification in the Pentagon’s personnel system.

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