Troop Ban Lifted

2018 brings the end of the long-time ban on transgender troops in the military.

As of January first, openly transgender people can enlist in the U.S. Armed Forces. The main requirement is certification from a medical provider, verifying the individual must have gone 18 months without “clinically significant distress or impairment.” Supporters say it’s a landmark moment for American equality and will deliver a much-needed boost in enrollment. In mid-2017, the White House unsuccessfully tried to block trans people from serving. But the courts ruled the ban is a violation of due process, and equal protection. Part of the Defense Department’s preparations for the new rule included issuing new guidelines for how to treat potential transgender enlistees with dignity and respect.