President Joe Biden signed an executive order Monday reversing former President Donald Trump’s ban on transgender people serving in the United States military.
“President Biden believes that gender identity should not be a bar to military service, and that America’s strength is found in its diversity,” the White House wrote in a statement announcing the move. “The military is no exception. Allowing all qualified Americans to serve their country in uniform is better for the military and better for the country because an inclusive force is a more effective force. Simply put, it’s the right thing to do and is in our national interest.”
The order itself reverses Trump’s 2018 Presidential Memorandum on Military Service by Transgender Individuals and specifically “prohibits involuntary separations, discharges, and denials of reenlistment or continuation of service on the basis of gender identity or under circumstances relating to gender identity.” (RELATED: ACLU Sues Trump Administration Over Transgender Military Ban)
“Simply put, transgender servicemembers will no longer be subject to the possibility of discharge or separation on the basis of gender identity; transgender servicemembers can serve in their gender when transition is complete and the gender marker in the Defense Enrollment Eligibility Reporting System (DEERS) is changed,” the statement continued. “Transgender servicemembers should know that they are accepted throughout the US military.”
Furthermore, the order tasks Defense Secretary Lloyd Austin and acting Homeland Security Secretary David Pekoske with generating a report, filed to the White House within 60 days, on the implementation of the directives.
The full text of the order had not yet been published by press time.