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Pentagon announces plan aimed at lifting transgender ban

1 year 6 months 5 days ago July 13, 2015 Jul 13, 2015 Monday, July 13 2015 July 13, 2015 4:45 PM in News
Source: Associated Press
By: Lolita C. Baldor

WASHINGTON - Defense Secretary Ash Carter says the Pentagon's current regulations banning transgender individuals from serving in the military are outdated, and anyone willing to serve the country should be able to do so.

Carter is creating a working group to do a six-month study on the impact of lifting the ban. Carter says the group will begin with the presumption that transgender people should be able to serve openly.

The plan, which was first reported by The Associated Press, gives the services time to work through questions about health care, housing, physical standards, uniforms and costs associated with the change.

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