Great news from the DOD this afternoon.
Transgender troops can serve openly in the military effective immediately, Defense Secretary Ash Carter announced Thursday.
“The reality is we have transgender service members serving in uniform today,” Carter said at a news briefing. “Americans who want to serve and can meet our standards should be afforded the opportunity to do so.”
“We have reason to be proud today of what this will mean for our military because it’s the right thing to do,” he added later.
Under the policy announced Thursday, troops currently in the military can no longer be discharged, separated or declined re-enlistment solely on the basis of gender identity.
Recruits, however, will have to wait until a one-year implementation period ends to enlist.