Jun 30, 2016
By Michael Kramer
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.