Story highlights Defense Secretary Ash Carter made the announcement The moves comes after gays and lesbians have been allowed to serve openly Washington (CNN)The Pentagon said Thursday it was ending the ban on transgender people being able to serve openly in the U.S. military. The announcement — which removes one of the last barriers to military service by any individual — was made by Defense Secretary Ash Carter, who had been studying the issue for almost a year. The decision comes as the military has witnessed major changes in the role of women and the inclusion of gays, lesbians and bisexual service members in recent years. It drew some criticism from Republicans and conservatives, including Rep. Mac Thornberry, Republican chairman of the House Armed Services Committee, who charged the White House was “prioritizing politics over policy.” Carter said the ending of the ban takes effect immediately and that no longer could a transgender person be discharged on that basis. Read More Transgender service members will also receive the same medical coverage as any other military member — receiving all medical care that their doctors deem necessary — according to Carter. For current members of the military, the coverage will include… Read full this story
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