The Pentagon will be removing Trump-era policies that restricted transgender people from serving in the military and will be issuing new rules that offer wider access to gender transition surgeries, reports the Associated Press.
The new regulations state that transgender people who are deemed fit to serve can serve as their self-identified gender. The new rules will also make gender transition surgeries much easier to get. Officials also added that gender-transition medical care was medically necessary and authorized by law.
Biden signed an executive order overturning Trump’s ban on transgender people from the military and Defense Secretary Lloyd Austin gave the department two months to modify its policies. Austin also ordered the Pentagon to find individuals who were discharged or prevented from reenlisting.
The new rules also would prohibit discrimination based on gender identity. The rules expected release come on the “International Transgender Day of Visibility.”
As of 2019, an estimated 14,700 troops identify as transgender.