U.S. Defense Secretary Carter: Transgender ban obsolete, orders 6-month study to lift ban

LEXIE CANNES STATE OF TRANS

Allyson Robinson Brynn Tannehill militaryLEXIE CANNES STATE OF TRANS — Declaring the transgender ban obsolete, U.S. Defense Secretary Ash Carter orders a 6-month study to wrap-up details which would presumably end the ban of military service for transgender individuals. This is according to a report by the Associated Press. The same source says an announcement is to come from the Pentagon later this week.

A newly created working group, lead by personnel undersecretary, Brad Carson, is to determine if the armed service’s ability to go to battle will be impacted by lifting the ban. The 6-month period is also believed the time need to work out administrative, legal, medical, and training matters before lifting the ban.

Secretary Carter in the Associated Press: “The Defense Department’s current regulations regarding transgender service members are outdated and are causing uncertainty that distracts commanders from our core missions. At a time when our troops have learned from…

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