US President Joe Biden on Monday lifted Donald Trump’s ban on military service for transgender workers, saying “all Americans” who are qualified for the service should be able to do so.
Biden’s new policy was laid down in an ordinance signed in the White House.
“Simply put, transgender soldiers will no longer face the possibility of dismissal or separation on the basis of gender identity,” the White House said in a statement.
The military “thrives when it is made up of diverse Americans who can meet strict standards for military service, and an inclusive military strengthens our national security.”
The move reverses Trump’s controversial decision in July 2017 to prevent transgender personnel from serving “in any capacity” in the military.
As the commander in chief, the US president has enormous leeway to determine Pentagon policy.
Trump opted to pass a plan implemented by former President Barack Obama for the military to take in transgender recruits.
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