An Imminent End to the Military’s Ban on Transgender Americans

Jun 24, 2016

By Nora Kelly

Pentagon officials may soon announce an end to the military’s longtime ban on transgender Americans, multiple news outlets are reporting. Officials are expected to formally lift the ban in July, though the exact date is still unclear.

Citing an anonymous Defense Department official, USA Today reports that each branch of the military will have one year “to implement new policies affecting recruiting, housing and uniforms for transgender troops.” That paper cites July 1 as the target announcement date, but Washington Post sources at the Pentagon weren’t so precise.

A working group had been assessing a policy switch for months. But disagreement within the Department of Defense led to officials missing their deadline in early 2016, The Washington Post reported last month. “We do things in a careful, thoughtful manner, and I’m confident we’re going to get to the right place,” Defense Secretary Ashton Carter said in May.

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