The Pentagon is expected to announce this week plans to take the necessary steps to allow transgender individuals to enter service. Officials say that they will give the services six months to implement the changes. According to the AP: “Military chiefs wanted time to methodically work through the legal, medical and administrative issues and develop training to ease any transition, and senior leaders believed six months would be sufficient.”
Transgender individuals during the six months willl still not be allowed to join the military, but those who are already serving will not be kicked out. Instead, the individual will be referred to the Pentagon’s acting undersecretary.