Military could lift ban on transgender members

(Robin Trimarchi/Ledger-Enquirer via AP) MANDATORY CREDIT

U.S. (KXAN) — The U.S. military could soon lift a ban on transgender members. Defense officials say a plan could be finalized as soon as Monday and signed off on Wednesday.

If the plan is put into place this week, it could officially go into effect by next week. Defense secretary Ash Carter announced last year that the transgender ban would be lifted unless a review could prove it would negatively impact the military.

Currently, the U.S. military says they disqualify transgender troops for medical reasons. provides commenting to allow for constructive discussion on the stories we cover. In order to comment here, you acknowledge you have read and agreed to our Terms of Service. Users who violate these terms, including use of vulgar language or racial slurs, will be banned. If you see an inappropriate comment, please flag it for our moderators to review.

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