US military moves toward lifting 'outdated' transgender ban

July 14, 2015 01:59

The Pentagon on Monday announced steps aimed at eventually ending an "outdated" ban on transgender men and women serving openly in the US military, including a six-month study of the implications of lifting the restrictions.

The effort came four years after a 2011 decision to end the US military's ban on gays and lesbians serving openly, despite fears - which proved unfounded - that such a move would be too great a burden in wartime and would undermine readiness.

"Transgender men and women in uniform have been there with us, even as they often had to serve in silence alongside their fellow comrades in arms," Defense Secretary Ash Carter said in a statement.

Carter said a working group would spend six months analyzing policy and readiness implications of ending the ban, starting "with the presumption that transgender persons can serve openly without adverse impact."

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