The Naval Academy Will Ban Transgender Students By Fall 2020

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By the start of the 2020 school year, transgender people who have gone through medical treatment to transition from their biological sex will be barred from entering the Naval Academy.

The Department of Defense confirmed this to the Capital Gazette and confirms that the policy change will only affect students joining in 2020 and after.

Not all people who identify as transgender will be banned; students diagnosed with gender dysphoria who do not undergo medical treatment such as hormones or surgery will still be allowed to join the military.

The DoD’s information page on the new policy reads, “Many transgender individuals already are serving honorably in uniform. Some are serving in their preferred gender, and many others are serving in their biological sex.”

The DoD also prohibits the “prohibits involuntary separation solely on the basis of gender identity.”

Former US Army Colonel and transgender Sheri Swokowski carries her uniform July 27, 2017 in DeForest, Wisconsin, the day following US President Donald Trumps announcing of a ban on transgender military members. DEREK R. HENKLE/AFP/Getty Images

Former US Army Colonel and transgender Sheri Swokowski carries her uniform …. DEREK R. HENKLE/AFP/Getty Images

President Trump rolled back Obama-era transgender policies in 2018. The military, including the naval academy, will follow Defense Secretary James Mattis’s policy from last year.

Mattis’s policy went into effect on April 12, after the Supreme Court allowed the ban, as reported by the Capital Gazette. (RELATED: Pentagon To Activate Transgender Military Ban After Judge Removes Block)

Transgender people may seek waivers or exceptions to “standards, requirements, or policies on the same terms as any other person,” according to the memorandum sent by the DOD regarding the policy change.