Sea change

Pentagon reportedly preparing to drop military transgender ban

President Barack Obama at a recent reception for LGBT Pride Month. Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images


Officials at the Pentagon are reportedly close to lifting the ban on transgender men and women serving in the military. Such a decision would remove one of the last remaining gender- or sexuality-based barriers to military service in the U.S., The Associated Press reported on Monday. According to the AP, an announcement is expected this week that would initiate an initial six-month trial period. Defense Secretary Ashton Carter has reportedly asked military officials to report back on the practical effects lifting the ban has on specific branches of the military. Civilian military leaders are also being tasked with developing guidelines to be used should the initiative become permanent, which is the stated goal, according to the report.

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