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Pentagon to Allow Openly Transgender Service Members

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weeklystandard articleThe following is an excerpt from Chris Deaton | June 30, 2016 | Weeklystandard.com |

The Pentagon announced it was lifting a ban on transgender individuals serving openly in the military Thursday, permitting them to enlist and banning dismissals based on their gender identity.

Senior military leaders had sought more time to develop and implement the new standards, officials told the Associated Press, but the Defense Department moved ahead after a meeting this between Secretary Ash Carter and top brass.

"This is the right thing to do for our people and for the force," Carter said Thursday. "We're talking about talented Americans who are serving with distinction or who want the opportunity to serve. We can't allow barriers unrelated to a person's qualifications prevent us from recruiting and retaining those who can best accomplish the mission."

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