Beginning today, transgender individuals can join the US military

Beginning on Monday, transgender individuals will be allowed to join the U.S. military, afterthe Pentagon was forced to comply with a federal court ruling issued last month.

In December, the Pentagon began preparing how to let transgender individuals join the military, using court-ordered guidelines issued by former Defense Secretary Ash Carter in 2016 when he lifted the ban on transgender service members in the military.

Last summer, President Trump tweeted that transgender individuals would not be allowed in the U.S. military “in any capacity” because of the “tremendous medical costs and disruption.”

A total of four lawsuits are moving through courts across the country challenging Trump’s order.

The Pentagon’s compliance on Monday only applies to allowing transgender individuals seeking to join the military. Separate court actions have temporarily halted the implementation of the ban on current transgender service members set to take place this spring.

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