Transgenders Cleared to Join the US Military


The Justice Department of the United States is suspending its move to ban military recruits who are transgenders.

The decision implies that the enlistment of transgender people can begin on the 1st of January 2018.

However, their future in the armed forces continues to be murky. The Justice Department is not dropping its court fight in order to uphold its proposed prohibition on the enlistment of transgenders. Instead, it says that it will wait for a Pentagon study regarding the issue in coming weeks before deciding on what to do.

Recently, a federal appeals court refused the request of the Trump administration to allow the ban to begin on the 1st of January. Other federal judges have also declined to side with the administration.

In July, Donald Trump, the President of the United States, said that the government would not permit transgender people to serve in the military, reversing a policy from the Era of Barrack Obama. He has, so far, been unable to achieve the said ban.